Please replace removed Ekiga VOIP software with Jami in Ubuntu Desktop guide Video calls section

Bug #1873756 reported by Mantas Kriaučiūnas on 2020-04-20
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu)
Medium
Gunnar Hjalmarsson

Bug Description

There are no Ekiga package in Ubuntu 20.04, it was removed from archive on 2018-11-24 by Steve Langasek:
(From Debian) ROM; RoQA; unmaintained, depends on ptlib which depends on openssl1.0; Debian bug #911593

But in Ubuntu Desktop guide, in the section "Video calls", Ekiga is mentioned and recommended - there is a string:

<app><link href="apt:ekiga">Ekiga</link></app>

I've found up-to-date modern VOIP communications software, which is even supports SIP - see https://jami.net

So, please replace Ekiga with Jami, maybe with mentioning old name - GNU Ring:

<app><link href="apt:jami">Jami (GNU Ring)</link></app>

As this string doesn't have any translatable words, it can be replaced in Ubuntu Desktop guide 'Video calls' section ASAP.

I'm pasting description from wikipedia and several new features added in 2019:

Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) is a SIP-compatible softphone and SIP-based instant messenger for Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS and Android. Developed and maintained by the Canadian company Savoir-faire Linux, and with the help of a global community of users and contributors, Jami positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement.

Jami is free and open-source software released under the GNU General Public License. In November 2016, it became part of the GNU Project.

Two account types are currently available, and many of each type can be configured concurrently. Both types offer similar features including messaging, video and audio. The account types are SIP and Ring. A SIP account enables the Jami softphone to connect to a standard SIP server and a Ring account can register (or use an account set up) on the decentralised Jami network which requires no central server. However, Jami still has to use bootstrap server to connect making it not a truly internet free communication platform as its claim.

By adopting distributed hash table technology (as used, for instance, within the BitTorrent network), Jami creates its own network over which it can distribute directory functions, authentication and encryption across all systems connected to it.

Packages are available for all major Linux distributions including Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu.

On 18 December 2018, Ring was renamed Jami.

You can make audio and video calls with multiple people on Jami. This feature is functional on all platforms since November 2019. There is a button during calls that allows you to easily add new participants. Because Jami doesn’t rely on servers, the conference is hosted by the device of the person who initiates it. It mixes the audio and video feed from all participant and sends it back to them so everyone can see and hear each other.
Screen sharing and media streaming

You are able to change the source of the video feed you send your friends during a call, allowing you to share either your entire screen or only sections. You can also stream any audio and video media files, allowing your friends to see or hear them without having to transfer them first. These features are available on GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac and you can access them by right clicking on the screen during a call.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Thanks for the heads up!

I have changed it in the repo:

https://git.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-core-doc/ubuntu/+source/ubuntu-docs/commit/?id=447dd3fb

But it's too late for the release this week; the change will be shown in the Ubuntu 20.04.1 point release in July.

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj)
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Fix Committed
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