GNOME-integrated, IAX-compatible VoIP client for Ubuntu

Like most students, I have a summer job. As a computer science student with a web development background, I am programming from home for a company called eCenter Research Inc.

Their setup requires that I can connect to their PHP/MySQL/SVN setup through SSH. No problem with Ubuntu. But I am also required to have an IAX-compatible VoIP client so my boss and other programmers can call me. You see, most VoIP clients are only SIP-compatible. IAX and SIP are just two different protocols for running Voice over IP.

When I started with eCenter, they suggested I use this program called Zoiper. It works well in Windows and okay in Ubuntu, but I found myself having to reboot into Windows just to answer a phone call, annoying both my boss and I, because the client wouldn’t pick up audio or wouldn’t work at all.

Earlier in the week, I did some research on IAX-compatible VoIP clients (being entirely new to VoIP) and came up with nothing. However, my Google-fu must have been strong this morning, as I found an incredible GNOME-intergrated, IAX-compatible VoIP client for Ubuntu, including a PPA!

The program is actively developed by a French-Canadian company (Savoir-faire Linux), called SFLphone.

SFLphone screenshot

To install it, simply add the PPA, refresh apt and install!

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:savoirfairelinux; sudo aptitude update; sudo aptitude install sflphone-client-gnome

Then it can be found in Applications > Internet > SFLphone VoIP Client

Applications > Internet > SFLphone VoIP ClientEnjoy!

  • http://blog.ibeentoubuntu.com Daeng Bo

    It would be nice to just add IAX into Telepathy (the way SIP is) and just use one client.

    • http://brettalton.com brett

      I read somewhere that the Telepathy developers are looking into it, but there are no concrete plans for when it’ll be completed. I would like to have a native client for IAX VoIP calls too, but nonetheless, this program is miles apart from that Zoiper client I tried to use.

  • http://blog.ibeentoubuntu.com Daeng Bo

    It would be nice to just add IAX into Telepathy (the way SIP is) and just use one client.

    • http://brettalton.com brett

      I read somewhere that the Telepathy developers are looking into it, but there are no concrete plans for when it’ll be completed. I would like to have a native client for IAX VoIP calls too, but nonetheless, this program is miles apart from that Zoiper client I tried to use.

  • http://razvangavril.com Razvan Gavril

    Thanks for sharing. I was on a lookout for a good sip client, I found ekiga very buggy and unstable, at least in ubuntu 9.10.

    SLPhone is working great so far and the iax protocol is a nice bonus.

    • http://brettalton.com brett

      I’ve never used Ekiga unfortunately, especially since it can’t use IAX. I’m looking forward to it working with Empathy (which apparently being integrated directly into Gnome), but until then…

      Also, I sent a thanks to the programmers of SLPhone since I was in such dire need of a IAX VoIP client and was impressed by how well it was integrated into Gnome.

  • http://razvangavril.com Razvan Gavril

    Thanks for sharing. I was on a lookout for a good sip client, I found ekiga very buggy and unstable, at least in ubuntu 9.10.

    SLPhone is working great so far and the iax protocol is a nice bonus.

    • http://brettalton.com brett

      I’ve never used Ekiga unfortunately, especially since it can’t use IAX. I’m looking forward to it working with Empathy (which apparently being integrated directly into Gnome), but until then…

      Also, I sent a thanks to the programmers of SLPhone since I was in such dire need of a IAX VoIP client and was impressed by how well it was integrated into Gnome.

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  • http://www.manumilou.com Emmanuel Milou

    Hi Brett,

    Thank you for the nice reviews about SFLphone, it is really appreciated!

    Manu

  • http://www.manumilou.com Emmanuel Milou

    Hi Brett,

    Thank you for the nice reviews about SFLphone, it is really appreciated!

    Manu