Google Hangouts has the disadvantage of forcing me to use Chromium (Chrome for Linux) which I don't mind, but I don't get messages like I do for Skype. Also it forces me to give out my gmail email address which I don't want to give to every Tom, Dick and hHarry on the Internet. So I wondered what everyone else uses? The problem is for language exchanges I'm forced to use the "lowest common denominator" which is typically Skype.
I've considered all of the following, but they would involve me explaining the tech to the person on the other end of the Language Exchange.
- Discord - Not a problem if they are a gamer, but everyone else would need support.
- Signal - No video yet
- Jitsi - Seems the best option so far.
- Ring - Far to techy for most people, I couldn't find binaries.
- Wire - Might be useful if I wanted to setup my own server, (useful for Language-Learners.org maybe) but I don't think I can be bothered for personal use. Although it has Desktop, Android, IOS, etc. They do have their own platform.
- Riot - This looks like another good alternative. Works more like IRC with voice and video. This is also used by some gamers, but developers too.
All of the above opensource programs use standard protocols and in theory could talk with each other.
Anyone have any experience with any of these or others? Any suggestions about using alternatives to Skype?