When most people think of video or audio chatting on a computer, Skype is what readily comes to mind. However, there are other great alternatives out there. Other ways for you to digitally chat with people around the globe.
And when you talk about alternatives to mainstream software, there’s nothing as great as Linux – a haven for those who like to take their experience with PCs into their own hands.
Below is a list of excellent and exciting alternatives to the ever-popular program Skype. The general theme here concerns the assurance that you can chat on these apps with the comfort of knowing that your data is safe.
Think of this as WhatsApp, but open source, and also without Facebook’s snooping in the background. Telegram as a voice, messaging, and video chat app does a lot of things right. The Linux desktop version syncs with your phone, enabling you to interact with its millions of phone users seamlessly using a keyboard.
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The voice and video call feature works very well. Although it doesn’t quite do HD video calls, it’s very good at adapting a bad signal to make sure that conversations and videos remain as smooth as possible.
This started as an Android app, and then made its way over to Linux not so many years ago. Since then, it has done well wooing everyone on the platform. Concerning privacy, there’s with no access to conversation data and no storing of your data on their servers. It’s completely open source, with messages and chats having open-source encryption.
It comes with no ads or hidden charges. The person you’re contacting needs to be a Signal user too, and you need to have the mobile version of Signal on your phone, which then syncs with the Linux one.
Jitsi’s support for other platforms is what sets it apart from the others here. With Surge, by default it’s preferable that you use the Jitsi XMPP service, but if you’re not a fan of that, you can add your own SIP account information in, as well as add other networks like Facebook, Google, AIM and others.