Ring – secure & open source alternative to Skype messenger
Ring (formerly SFLphone) is an open-source free software for communication that allows its users to make audio or video calls, in pairs or groups, and to send messages, safely and freely, in confidence. Ring developed & maintained by Savoir-faire Linux and a community of contributors worldwide. It is available on GNU/Linux, Windows, Mac OSX and Android and Separate GNOME and KDE versions also available.
freedoms and privacy for users which respects, No personal information is stored on a central server. Audio, video and text are converted into a coded message that only the recipient can decrypt. Ring creates its own network over distribute directory functions. It positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement.
- SIP-compatible with OpenDHT support
- Unlimited calls, view call history, Call recording, call transfer & Call holding
- Instant messaging
- TLS and ZRTP support
- Multiple audio codecs & SIP accounts supported
- Desktop notification: voicemail number, incoming call, information messages
- Address book integration in GNOME and KDE
- Supports PulseAudio
1) Install Ring Soft phone on Ubuntu 16.04/14.04 & Mint 17.x/18
Ring has an official APT repository for Ubuntu 16.04/14.04 & Mint 17.x/18 distribution. So we can easily install Ring by adding below APT repository.
[Change Version Number to 16.04, 14.04 (Ubuntu Users) & Mint 17.1, 17.2, 17.3, 18.0] $ sudo sh -c "echo 'deb https://dl.ring.cx/ring-nightly/ubuntu_[Version Number]/ ring main' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ring-nightly-man.list" $ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys A295D773307D25A33AE72F2F64CD5FA175348F84 $ sudo add-apt-repository universe $ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ring-gnome
2) Install Ring Soft phone on Debian 8 & 9
Ring has an official APT repository for Debian 8 & 9 distribution. So we can easily install Ring by adding below APT repository.
[Change Version Number to 8,9] $ sudo sh -c "echo 'deb https://dl.ring.cx/ring-nightly/debian_[Version Number]/ ring main' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ring-nightly-man.list" $ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys A295D773307D25A33AE72F2F64CD5FA175348F84 $ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ring-gnome
3) Install Ring Soft phone on Fedora 22, 23 & 24
Ring has an official APT repository for Fedora 22, 23 & 24 distribution. So we can easily install Ring by adding below yum repository.
[Change Version Number to 22,23,24] $ sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo https://dl.ring.cx/fedora_[Version Number]/ring-nightly-man.repo $ sudo dnf install ring-gnome
4) Launch Ring
After successful installation of Ring, Navigate to menu and open the Ring application.
5) Create a Ring account
6) Share your RingID
7) Make a first call or accept a call
Just follow the below procedure to make a call or accept the call.
- To make a call, enter your contact’s Ring ID in the search bar, Then press the following button
téléphone-Ringor the Enter key on your keyboard.
- To accept a call, just click on the
Call acceptbutton. You can deny it, by clicking on the
- To end a call, just click on the cross button
8) Create a SIP Account
Ring is based on SFLPhone which support SIP client. However, in order to use SIP, first we need to create a SIP account and cannot use your Ring account to call a SIP account at the moment (and vice versa).
Gear icon on the top right of your Ring interface >> then click on the
Accounts tab >> Select
SIP, click the
+ sign >> Under the
General tab, enter the SIP account parameters (hostname, username and password).
Congratulations..! You have Successfully installed Ring and you have made your first call…Enjoy…!