Generally I avoid doing gui projects, simply because every gui I ever attempted ended up looking very ugly. Yet, a little over a month ago I decided we needed to develop a true GNU Free Call desktop & mobile client of our own to work with our SIP Witch servers, even with what limited resources we had. This package is now being called Antisipate.
Thanks to the widespread adoption of GNU ZRTP (libzrtpcpp), including it’s use in ortp, there is actually no shortage of ZRTP enabled clients in general, including linphone, sflphone, and even Kopete. The Java version of our library, as maintained by Werner Ditterman, ZRTP4J, became part of Jitsi. However, none of these offered a very simple to configure SIP client, which really is an essential part of our goal for replacing Skype with free software that is easy to use and operate by anyone, and that uses standard protocols. Hence, Antisipate.
Our overall goals also includes delivering VoIP socially, through integration with Friendica, as well as making it possible to use stand-alone SIP services and our new Antisipate client. For IVR support we will be introducing a new and more modern version of Bayonne.
Our greatest challenges remain not the technical, nor even with available volunteers, but rather with things like funding. Our development has become very resource bound. I am very grateful to Andrew Doughty for making available a publicly accessible development server for our use some months back. I plan to publish much more regular updates on our work going forward.
Be free by programming in freedom
David Sugar, Chief Facilitator, GNU Telephony