Skype v Gizmo August 9, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in computers.
I’ve used Skype since it started. It runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac so I can talk to my students and my family with ease. But CERN and Marseille (and I think Fermilab, but I’m not sure) all forbid its use. The primary reason is a function of how Skype works: it is a large point-to-point sharing network. If you are on a high speed node anyone’s traffic may flow through your node. This is a big no-no at these large government labs.
Asking around I’ve heard Gizmo mentioned several times. How does it do? Even if I switch, I’ll probably keep using Skype because it does video. And what is this SIP thing? I’ve somehow missed it. Will I see any appreciable benefits from using it instead of Skype (I mean actual benefits — I’m aware it is an open standard vs Skype’s).