Image of an arrow

Ring, officially a GNU package

Avatar

admin_sflinux

heckert_gnulogo-ring-tagline-en-couleur

Since the month of October, Ring is officially a GNU package, following its integration into the GNU project.

Distributed under the GPLv3+ license, Ring is a free software which enables communication in multiple ways between its users. It is a phone, a conference station, a platform for exchanges and media sharing, and a link for the Internet of Things, all in a world where freedom and security go hand in hand. Running on a distributed network and encrypted from end to end, Ring tries to provide to Ring users’ a high level of privacy and confidentiality.

In the mid 2000s, Savoir-faire Linux has started a project called SFL Phone. The project then evolved to produce another: Ring. This shift is marked by various milestones such as the transition from SIP server to the OpenDHT distributed network in 2014, permitting decentralized communication, peer to peer mode. Becoming a GNU package is a new venture for the project and the free software movement.
Thanks to external contributions, which are the cornerstone of the Ring project, the Savoir-faire Linux team has over several months developed a beta 2, which fits perfectly with the philosophy of free software. Beyond the code, Ring has established links between the development team and the local partner universities such as the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), Polytechnique Montréal and the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS ) which is home to the Maison du Logiciel Libre (ML2).

We want to thank all our contributors, all of whose assistance was greatly appreciated.

https://ring.cx/

  1. As a former user of SFLPhone I can tell you that I miss it greatly. I’d love to see a mode in Ring where the p2p prompt doesn’t appear, and the more elegant dialer UI is available for e.g. business desktop use.

    SFLPhone really was the nicest desktop Linux SIP client. Willing to discuss bounties on it.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Similar articles

Image of an arrow

Push Notifications: A New Feature Added to Ring Project Push notifications are essential part of the effective end-user experience on mobile platforms. They tend to boost the app engagement and users find them useful and handy as they ease their communications. Although push notifications are widely considered an advantage for most apps, they are regarded […]

On February 3rd and 4th, two members of Ring’s development team took part in FOSDEM 2018 in Brussels. FOSDEM (Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting), a major event for free software developers, is held annually since 2000 during the first week-end of February at the Université libre de Bruxelles. Sébastien Blin, a Ring […]

Thumbnail image

July 21, 2017 – Savoir-faire Linux releases the stable version of Ring:  Ring 1.0 – Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. Ring is a free/libre and universal communication platform that preserves the users’ privacy and freedoms. It is a GNU package. It runs on multiple platforms; and, it can be used for texting, calls, and video chats more privately, more […]