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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.

Only the Windows, Mac and iPhone clients are available for download from Gizmo5’s website, according to some users who have grumbled on the start up’s forum.

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. ®

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