Ring is a new peer-to-peer communication solution, offering voice, video and chat in a decentralised and secure way. It is being developed by Savoir-faire Linux, a Canadian company specialising in Free Software.
The ancestor of Ring is SFLphone[dead link 2017-06-01], a portable SIP/AIX software phone, also developed by Savoir-faire Linux. Ring retains most of the audio and SIP capabilities of SFLphone, while adding a Bittorrent-like DHT to completely avoid dependency on servers, and offering video and chat communication.
Additionally, Ring has a clean separation between daemon and user interface. The supported platforms are GNU/Linux, Windows, Mac OSX and Android.
Ring is currently packaged in the AUR. You can choose between several versions:
- Gnome client, weekly/monthly snapshot: AUR
- KDE client, stable version: AUR
- Gnome client, latest git version: AUR
- KDE client, latest git version: AUR
You can use the desktop launcher provided by your desktop environment, or run the
ring.cx command as user:
It will detect which client is installed (Gnome or KDE) and run it. The daemon is launched automatically by the clients.