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    Desktop answering machine

    I'm looking for a program, or configuration of programs to act as an answering machine for ekiga. I really wish ekiga was extensible, because this issue would surely have been solved by now. However, there must be a way to use another program to function WITH ekiga, which answers incoming calls (after set number of rings), and records the message in wav or ogg or whatever, to say, the desktop. Perhaps this could even be done with a script? Ekiga rings 5 times, script picks up and plays your sound file, then initiates record (audacity?), and terminates when line goes dead or after a set timelimit.

    I can't find anything like this on google. Anyone have some thoughts about this?
    Intel Core2duo 4400, 2ghz -- Intel DP965LT motherboard, onboard sound -- nVidia 8500GT (from MSI) 256MB -- 2gig ram

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    Re: Desktop answering machine

    I dunno how hard you are willing to try but I am/will try and help

    Try Vgetty Apparently it's a bit out of date but it's better than none at all. I have NO experience in this software.

    If you are a programmer try and contact them to see if they have a copy of the Source Code and then edit it for your self.

    P.S I Googled this.

    EDIT I found this I may help you.

    EDIT 2 Here are my Google results have a look at them

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Lin...ient=firefox-a

    EDIT 3 Good luck and keep us updated on how you do.
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    Re: Desktop answering machine

    Thanks for the interest. I too found these search results, but unfortunately the program (v/mgetty) is designed for use with an actual phone line and modem. Now it seems to me that there would be a way to have this work (initiate?) with a 'softphone' like ekiga rather than a regular phone, but I have exactly *zero* coding/programming knowledge. I really am just surprised that nobody has done this yet. So for anybody out there who's looking for a good project, I think a lot of people would enjoy such a program.
    Intel Core2duo 4400, 2ghz -- Intel DP965LT motherboard, onboard sound -- nVidia 8500GT (from MSI) 256MB -- 2gig ram

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    Re: Desktop answering machine

    Bumpity-bump bump bump!
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    Re: Desktop answering machine

    surely someone has written this by now?
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    Re: Desktop answering machine

    I would make a request in the programming part of the forums.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Desktop answering machine

    Ok, so I found something that looks promising: http://freshmeat.net/projects/lintad/

    It's called "lintad". I tried to build it, but the instructions are pretty technical, and I got 'make' errors. Would somebody (smarter than me) do me the huge favor of trying this out? Or at least making me a .deb file? I really want this to work with a softphone like ekiga, and lintad seems to make the claim that it can do this. So please, check it out, and let me know if you can help me. Thanks!
    Intel Core2duo 4400, 2ghz -- Intel DP965LT motherboard, onboard sound -- nVidia 8500GT (from MSI) 256MB -- 2gig ram

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    Re: Desktop answering machine

    I have a "VG-100" from Uniden that plugs in to a USB port and lets you share a normal phone between a phone line and Skype. One of the things it can do is act as an answering machine for one or other (or both). Perhaps there's something similar available that will work for ekiga. (And no, I haven't tried using it with Ubuntu yet)
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    Re: Desktop answering machine

    Thanks for the information! That is interesting, but I'm really looking for a 'software-only' solution to this problem, as it seems entirely possible to me. Also, I'm quite short of money just now

    I just keep checking back around every month or two, in the hopes that some programmer has the same needs I do!
    Intel Core2duo 4400, 2ghz -- Intel DP965LT motherboard, onboard sound -- nVidia 8500GT (from MSI) 256MB -- 2gig ram

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    Re: Desktop answering machine

    Time for another bump of this thread. Surely/Hopefully someone has put such a thing together now..? ie, a 'soft' answering machine, that can work with any/all of the current skype/SIP phone apps for ubuntu. Thanks!
    Intel Core2duo 4400, 2ghz -- Intel DP965LT motherboard, onboard sound -- nVidia 8500GT (from MSI) 256MB -- 2gig ram

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