On Sun, Dec 07, 2014 at 09:34:19PM +1000, Robert Peters wrote: >... >are there any usable Skype alternatives? IHU -- I Hear U -- is an excellent audio-only VOIP system for Linux. http://ihu.sourceforge.net/ I've been using the "i386 binary linked with static libs" download for years on OpenSuse 11.4, and a friend uses it on OpenSuse 13.1. Both are the 32-bit version of the OS. He was not successful running it on the 64-bit OS, but did not try compiling it from source. It's very easy to get going, requiring only one port to be opened. You call a person by specifying their ip-address. You can do a test call by calling your own ip-address, and you should get a very rapid echo. If the loop gain is too high you can get echoes, which of course can be eliminated if one party uses earphones. I did not get echoes with a friend in Finland (I'm in the US).