Firefox Hello – An Opensource alternative Video Conversation App

In the year 2o11, Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 Billion.

I used to very rarely video chat with friends / relatives during those days primarly due to the low internet speeds. First step was to make a phone call and inform the other party that I am logging to internet and requesting them to login to internet as well.

I used to connect the USB based externel camera to the laptop and set up the correct camera position, conect to internet, bring everyone at house together to sit in front of the camera, make video call, get going.

Logining onto Skype, establishing a connection, seeing each other and exchanging hello message was considered a big success as most often we used to face speed fluctuations in internet connection and get a ‘poor network connection’ error message. We used to loose the picture and continue chatting with the audio mode.

Situation improved slightly over last few years with logistics as we have a Laptop with integrated camera, cell phones with high megapixel Front cameras and apps like Facetime on my iPhone. Because of this reason, my frequency of making/receiving video calls have increased.

Ever since I moved over to Linux, I was looking for alternatives to much needed applications like Web Browser, Mail Client, Text Editor, Image/Picture Viewer, Music Player, Video Player etc. Among these, I was looking for Free and Open Source (FOSS) alternative to Skype and Facetime. I stumbled upon Firefox Hello.

Firefox Hello need not be installed separately as it already part of recent versions of Firefox browser. As the Mozilla website says – ‘If you have the latest version of Firefox, you already have Hello. There’s no account or sign-in required and nothing extra to download. Just send a conversation link to a friend and ask them to click it’.

I really liked it. Try and share your experiences with the same.

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