compiling H.323 client Ekiga from its SVN repository

Luigi Rizzo rizzo at
Fri Mar 28 08:59:54 PDT 2008

On Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 04:22:26PM +0100, Matthias Apitz wrote:
> Hello,
> THIW, during the last few days I've started a porting of Ekiga, see

a bit of a self advertising here, but the video support in
asterisk (trunk version, 'chan_oss' driver) is working
reasonably well now, and lets you run video calls using a
variety of codecs (basically all those supported by libavcodec+x264),
and there is a rudimentary gui using SDL (even capable of
displaying on AALIB!).
Input is from V4L1 webcams (tried linux-kmod-compat +gspca, I believe
it should work with the 'pwc' driver that you mention),
or from the X11 screen through an embedded x11-grabber (convenient
for testing).

It does have some interoperability problems, but no worse than
those that i found in many similar apps including ekiga,
linphone, openwengo, x-lite. Even the windows softphones
usually have all sort of crashes when pointed to each other
(for the records, the best piece of software i tried in
windows was kapanga).


> directly from the SVN repository (and not from the FreeBSD's ports
> collection); the reason was mainly driven by the hope of staying with
> the cutting edge of Ekiga and get support of codec H.264 to make H.323
> video conf calls to the central video conferencing system we are using
> in my company; work is still in progress, but if someone is interested
> in the actual port (or in debugging :-)), the work is described here:
> 	matthias
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