Best FOSS alternative for skype?

Tim ignored_mailbox at
Wed May 11 18:54:54 UTC 2011

On Wed, 2011-05-11 at 11:31 -0700, Joe Zeff wrote:
> "the connector conspiracy."  For those of you lucky enough not to go
> back that far, there was a time when every company had its own
> proprietary connector and you couldn't connect one company's
> peripheral to any other company's computer without some sort of
> adapter, usually sold by a third party.

Which was only ever partially compatible...

That's been the bane of my life for over twenty years, though I've
always called them "profit plugs."

I work in video production, just about every camera has different
connectors, or has re-used the same connector in a different and
incompatible way.  The peripherals are all different, too.  The lens
fittings, the accessories, etc.  If a major component dies, everything
around it needs replacing.

e.g. The camera head becomes unserviceable, you can't just replace it.
You have to replace the camera, the lens, the viewfinder, the studio
cable, the CCU.  The new lot doesn't really fit in with your other
cameras, so you end up replacing a whole system of cameras.

Or, for a non-studio system.  You replace the camera, lens, viewfinder,
the attached VCR.  Now the new one is a different format from the VCRs
in your edit suite, so that has to be replaced, too.

I can't say how much I hate manufacturers who play lock-in games.

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