Gizmo5 Linux client vanishes in wake of Google takeover
Penguin incarnation joins the choir invisible
Gizmo5 users are complaining that since the VoIP outfit was acquired by Google earlier this month, the Linux client of the firm’s tech has been ditched.
Gizmo5 offers Skype-like software for calling people over the net, but is based on open standards.
Google confirmed on 13 November that it planned to fold Gizmo5’s engineers into the team that develops the telephony application/controversy magnet dubbed Google Voice.
However, Mountain View said at the time that it didn’t have “any specific features to announce” regarding the takeover of Gizmo5.
Google Voice, of course, is also tech that Mountain View acquired from start-up GrandCentral in 2007.
According to the Gizmo5 forum a “back-door” download of the Linux client can still be grabbed here. But some are speculating that it might disappear soon.
Google could not immediately be reached for comment at time of writing. ®
Download link still exists.....
A little url manipulation from the link posted gives a nice page with the downloads (and all details) still intact:
This url: http://download.gizmo5.com redirects to the following page:
where there is still a linux client for several distros listed.
>> Google could not immediately be reached for comment at time of writing.
Maybe their VoIP client doesn't work anymore.
Understandable concern bye Linux users
Google is built on Linux from the very beginning so I find it understandable that Google is expected to "pay back" a bit faster to the community behind Linux and to the community of Linux users.
There is an other interesting thing with Google versus Linux.
There is this "discussion" about the number of Linux users on the desktop, and Google could provide more reliable statistics, I think, than anybody, else, but they will not, as far as I understand.