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Tox as a Skype replacement?

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Re: Tox as a Skype replacement?

#11 Postby colin_b » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:11 pm

From Reddit:

https://www.reddit.com/r/projecttox/comments/3y99w0/new_to_tox_protocol_qtox_vs_µtox/

Bottom line, if you want it to work, uTox. If you want it to be pretty, and don't mind installing a lot of other dependencies, qTox is actually a good client too.

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qTox is the pretty sister with issues, uTox is the smart sister that moved out first.

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Re: Tox as a Skype replacement?

#12 Postby mw1649 » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:10 am

I noticed that Skype now has a browser app - https://web.skype.com/en/. thereby bypassing the need for a o/s specific app.

I have not used the web app since I very seldom have had the need for skype so maybe someone else can comment on whether it works or not.

I also found a product called Wire, which works for a friend who refuses to use Microsoft products. Wire has all o/s desktop apps including linux (debian rep., ubuntu, and AppImage) as well as a web app! The URL is https://wire.com/en/. So far we are using it without issues but since I use Skype seldom and wire not too often I cannot say if one is better than the other.

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Re: Tox as a Skype replacement?

#13 Postby richb » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:36 am

I have the browser extension in Google Chrome but never had occasion to use it, do not even have an account. If someone wants to try it PM me with details of your contact info and I will activate an account and we can give it a test run.
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Re: Tox as a Skype replacement?

#14 Postby Jerry3904 » Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:34 am

mw1649 wrote:I noticed that Skype now has a browser app - https://web.skype.com/en/. thereby bypassing the need for a o/s specific app.

I have not used the web app since I very seldom have had the need for skype so maybe someone else can comment on whether it works or not.

I also found a product called Wire, which works for a friend who refuses to use Microsoft products. Wire has all o/s desktop apps including linux (debian rep., ubuntu, and AppImage) as well as a web app! The URL is https://wire.com/en/. So far we are using it without issues but since I use Skype seldom and wire not too often I cannot say if one is better than the other.

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Re: Tox as a Skype replacement?

#15 Postby xali » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:51 pm

i use wire every day both with my computer and my android smartphone. i am very happy with it and i surely recommend it for varius reasons. moreover you can use it through rambox http://rambox.pro/ if you want. i suggest to check rambox too.

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i think that those people who made wire worked before for skype
one of my contacts is an iphone user and some contacts windows users. that means you can communicate with everyone with end to end cryptography (and they made it available before viber and whatsapp)

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Re: Tox as a Skype replacement?

#16 Postby MX-16_fan » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:02 am

@colin_b:

colin_b wrote:Skype 4.3 has been discontinued for Linux http://windowsreport.com/skype-for-linux/

Has anyone tried Tox https://www.linux.com/learn/tox-your-ne ... pplication?

It looks like a good replacement.

One of its benefits over Skype is it is far more secure.

Methinks uTox could be a useful open source addition to MX Linux, and it wouldn't add bloat.

https://tox.chat/clients.html


You're perfectly right about us needing a proper alternative to Skype, and IMHO it would absolutely be worth testing both µTox and qTox. Wow, both of them even feature audio and video conferencing, and are available for a number of platforms - that's really cool!

I'd be happy to test both of them once they are available in the MX Test Repo.


Greetings, and have a nice weekend, Joe

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Re: Tox as a Skype replacement?

#17 Postby MX-16_fan » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:04 am

@colin_b, @mw1649:

Just noticed that qtox v1.6.0-obs is available in MX-17. Hope that helps.

Installed and started nicely after I fully updated MX-17, including everything from MX-17's Test Repo. Looks like a nice piece of truly Free/Libre Open Source Software.

Might very well be worth testing it. Nice feature is that it relies on a peer-to-peer kind of infrastructure. Means that when, e.g. in case of a natural disaster (like here: https://mxlinux.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=43034), in case part of the internet is down, one might still have some chance of calling for emergency services' help in some way. Big advantage in reliability, for company use also.

Second advantage is that there seem to be no central servers necessary. Big advantage towards Skype AFAIK. To my knowledge, when Skype servers break down, you are all lost. (I might be wrong in this respect.)

Anyone tried qtox out with another user?


Greetings, Joe


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