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WiFi PDA Meets Linux--Part 3 - page 6

Using Skype

  • May 27, 2005
  • By Rob Reilly

This technology is pretty new and companies are sorting how best to use it. Since, Linux machines are usually on and connected to broadband, 24x7, it makes sense that they could be used as a VOIP communication portals. Team it up with some wifi iPAQs and you have a little specialized phone network. Skype can also do conference calls.

Small, highly portable teams, could use the iPAQs to communicate with each other and coordinators (on Linux machines) at an event. An example might be a marketing or vendor team at a conference. Wifi is frequently available at industry events.

Another example might be where on-site technicians need to communicate with the help desk. Of course, the help desk expert's console would be running some form of Linux, so it seems only natural that Skype would be installed on that machine, as well.

Give Skype a try on your iPAQ and Linux machines and make sure to share your success stories in the talkbacks.

Rob Reilly is a consultant, writer, and commentator who advises clients on business & technology projects. His Linux, personal branding, and public speaking skills-related articles regularly appear in various high-end Linux and business media outlets. Send him a note or visit his Web site at http://home.earthlink.net/~robreilly.

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