On 02/12/2018, Damien Sandras <dsand...@seconix.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Due to the lack of time, and to the last outages, I have taken the
> decision to discontinue EKIGA.NET before the end of the year.
> Thank you for your support during all those years.
> It has been a pleasure!
> --
> Damien SANDRAS
> Ekiga Project
> http://www.ekiga.org


I am wondering whether, given that Ekiga is said to be open source,
rather than, as its owner, simply shutting it down, it would not be
more appropriate and consistent with the (perceived) nature of open
source,, to seek a new group of people, to take it on, for the sake of
its continuance.

More and more good  Linux software, has been abandoned/discontinued,
and, with MS apparently determined to progressively eliminate skype
(MS has been p[rogressively hobbling skype, since MS bought it out), a
developing technology in IT - the means od making video calls, amongst
other uses, is being eliminated. It is a bit like, if Alexander Bell
had decided that he had had enough of trying to develop telephony, and
said "Stuff it - I've had enough - I am going to put it all into boxes
and bury it.", rather than passing it on to others to continue the

Imagine what the world would be like, if we had not had telephony.
Imagine what the wotld could be like, if we would have video calls and
videoconferencing, as commonplace, as telephony has been.

Here in Australia, members of the federal parliament, fly thousands of
kilometres, to sit in the parliament (when they can be bothered
turning up for "work" - the federal parliament is apparently scheduled
to meet, for only ten days, in the next eight months, while its
members hibernate (and, hide from each other) ), and, whilst the
Australian federal partliament does not want to progress from the
stone age, if its members used virtual attendance, through
videoconferencing, it could save the country a fortune, and, show that
Australia is not really such a stupid and backward country, that it
appears to be (we have a federal government, that is obsessed with
burning as much cpoall as possible, as it is worried about the
increasing chill in the air).

So, while MS is doing as much as it can, to obstruct communications,
with its progressive hobbling of skype, if Ekiga could be turned into
a community project, and, thence, continue to be developed and
maintained, instead of being abandoned, like so much other Linux
software, we could have hope, that communications technology will
continue to advance, instead of being abandoned  and left in unusable
pieces on the side of the road..

So, rather than simply abandoning Ekiga, I ask whether it could be
offered as a community project, so as to provide for its continued
development, maintenance, and, support, rather than simply abandoning

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
 Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
 "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
 A Trilogy In Four Parts",
 written by Douglas Adams,
 published by Pan Books, 1992

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