Skype open source. Not!

Skype open source? Reading the full announcement on Skype blog:

[…]Having an open source UI will help us […]

So, it’s not Skype being open sourced, but it’s only the UI. The full sentence should be:

Having an open source UI will help us further our [Skype’s] plans to monopolize the Voice Over IP market with a proprietary and secret protocol that nobody can interoperate with. [Evil laugh]

I wish Google released a fully free and open source Gtalk, server included.

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  1. That’s also my understanding. The UI is totally irrelevant (and it is also quite badly designed, IMHO). The protocols are the real stuff (are they so innovative? I beg to doubt it, it’s just voice compression AFAICT).

    So what are they “giving away”? Nothing! They are just playing the open source buzzword without believing a single word of what Free Software means.

    • Do they all support voice? and how about xmpp clients that support voice? I still haven’t seen one that is reliable. And gtalk is already how old? 3 years?