I am proud to announce that yesterday Ekiga won one of the Free Software Awards in Soissons. Ekiga was nominated in the "Multimedia" category.
The jury appreciated the quality of the project and the fact that it was original (GnomeMeeting was the first Open Source GUI to support VoIP together with video and the H.323 standard on GNU/Linux in 2001). It is now the first Open Source application to support multiple major VoIP protocols at the same time, again with audio and video.
I have hacked a new back-end tonight so that the LDAP server efficiently looks in the users databases. You probably noticed a small number of results when browsing the "Ekiga White Pages". That was due to the inefficiency of the OpenLDAP MySQL back-end when it comes to big table. The problem is now fixed, and you should be able to do simple searches on online and offline users using the LDAP browser in the Ekiga address book.
You will probably notice that doing a refresh on ldap.ekiga.net to find other users does not work. This is due to the big number of registered users doing frequent refreshes. We are using OpenLDAP with a MySQL back-end, but it is not optimized enough, leading to an incredibly high "load average" on the server. The LDAP server has been shut down until we can find a solution to the problem. Stay tuned for more information!
The STUN server stun.ekiga.net has a new location. We have updated the DNS servers but it will take time before the new IP address is used everywhere, and the new server is having problems.
If you have problems registering to ekiga.net or doing calls, and if you are using STUN, we suggest you to use an alternative STUN server like stun.voxgratia.org for example.