cross-platform Video phone

Subject: cross-platform Video phone
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2008 15:03:22 -0500

Our corporate IT blocks Skype and other services for (ostensibly)
bandwidth reasons.



Does anybody on the list (or anybody you know...) have video
conversations via computer _without_ using a service like Skype or
similar?

I'm interested in a software solution (preferably free, but at least
inexpensive) that can be used with webcams on Windows and Linux, and
Mac, too.

My manager is in Baltimore and I'm in Ottawa, Canada, and I'd like to be
able to have free-wheeling video conversations once in a while, rather
than stop'n'start phone or e-mail conversations where we have to save
snapshots of what we're talking about and attach them to e-mails.
That'd be Windows XP to Windows XP.

Our graphic arteeste works almost 100% from home these days, and he's
got a big Mac at home. So those video conversations would be Windows XP
to Mac Leopard (or whatever).

My home computers are primarily Linux, so those conversations would be
Linux to Windows XP.



In all cases, we'd know the IP of the machines we'd be connecting to,
and could likely find out any additional network info that was needful.



I've been Googling down many trails. I've found Skype and imitators, but
they're all intermediary services - I don't see that I should need such
- or expensive point-to-point videophone solutions, or old software that
hasn't been updated in years or they're Windows-only, or...



Anybody?



Kevin






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