Ring

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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.

Installation

Note: As of July 2017, Ring v1.0 was released. So things should be stable now :)

Ring is currently packaged in the AUR. You can choose between several versions:

Usage

You can use the desktop launcher provided by your desktop environment, or run the ring.cx command as user:

$ ring.cx

It will detect which client is installed (Gnome or KDE) and run it. The daemon is launched automatically by the clients.