[linux-audio-user] fighting skype ...

Shayne O'Connor forums at machinehasnoagenda.com
Fri Mar 18 19:00:39 EST 2005

Lee Revell wrote:

>On Fri, 2005-03-18 at 16:59 -0500, Eric Dantan Rzewnicki wrote:
>>I'm afraid of management getting caught up in hype, offering a service
>>to users and down the road realizing that they are locked into a
>>proprietary protocol. I just did some googling and realize my fears are
>>founded. The skype protocol is entirely closed as far as I can tell.
>It's only a matter of time before someone reverse engineers it.  I would
>not be worried.
is true ...

and i know people disagree, but i don't see much point in the Skype
creators keeping it closed-source - seeing as most people aknowledge
that it is mainly about marketing, then as soon as skype has that
market-share, what would be the point in keeping it closed/proprietary?
i mean, once the majority of people are using Skype's program, why would
anyone change to a different one (of which there is bound to be many
after opening the source) when *everyone* they know is using Skype?
also, the avalanche and speed of improvements that would eventuate would
mean the next step in Skype's evolution after they've obtained a
monopoly market-share - and it would almost be a self-perpetuating
cycle. that's what i reckon, anyway, though i doubt the Skype team would
see it that way :(

however - when someone *does* reverse-engineer it, they might not have
much choice!


if skype is "evil", then i would prefer a "good" program

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