Skype Open-Source Back In Action, Breaks v5.5
Phoronix: Skype Open-Source Back In Action, Breaks v5.5
After a several month hiatus, the individual(s) working to reverse-engineer Skype's binary client have successfully "deobfuscated" the Skype 5.5 release...
is it safe or open source ?
What is the difference between the skype binary in the article link and the official skype ?
REverse engineering efforts
As for moving the stuff to China: apparently, the efforts are done from within Russia, which is also rather lax regarding immaginary properties...
Now that the core .DLL has been extracted, we need to put a bounty and pay a few hackers so they can disassemble and reverse engineer the protocols used by this DLL, and have them publish specifications. (All done within a country where it is acceptable. So keeping in Russia or moving to China).
Then we need to pay a bunch of other independent guys to turn said specifications into an independent, clean room, LGPL (or BSD) licensed library (hosted in a country without software patents so microsoft can't go this route to shut them down).
From that point onward, it would be trivial to get pidgin plugins, support for any mobile device you can think of, etc.
I'm sure that there are enough interested people to pool the money to pay hackers and developpers for that.