Ring: P2P Skype alternative


Skype for Linux is half-baked. The packages are still for x86 architecture and needs a lot of dependencies to work on a x86_64 Linux box. If you are looking for a Skype alternative that is maintained the right way, Ring might be the solution. Ring is a open source communication software and is similar to Tox. It works on P2P concepts and uses DHT (like BitTorrents) for making communication between nodes possible. The most important aspect, however, is that it is open source and is fully encrypted, something of high significance at a time when many communication services are snooping on users or selling their data.


  • Supports text, audio and video communication
  • Share files
  • Uses OpenDHT protocol
  • Decentralized communication
  • Peer-to-peer discovery and connection
  • AES-128 encryption
  • Encrypted certificates and conversations
  • Open source (GPL3)
  • GUI written in Qt
  • Multi-platform: Linux Windows & Mac


To install on Ubuntu 14:04, run:

$ sudo sh -c "echo 'deb [arch=amd64] http://nightly.apt.ring.cx/ubuntu_14.04/ ring main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ring-nightly-man.list"
$ sudo add-apt-repository 'deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc) universe'
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ring-gnome

For other Ubuntu releases (above 14.04), replace 14.04 in first command with correct release number.

Webpage: Ring

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