Ventrilo

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Ventrilo
Screenshot of the Ventrilo 3.0.8 client connected to a server on Windows.
Screenshot of the Ventrilo 3.0.5 client
Developer(s) Brian Knapp,[1] Maryville, Illinois
Initial release 3 August 2002 (2002-08-03)
Stable release 3.0.8
3.0.3 (Server) / 24 August 2008 (2008-08-24)
Operating system Mac OS X (32-bit only), Microsoft Windows (Client)
Microsoft Windows and variants of Unix (Server)
Type Internet voice client and server
License Proprietary Freeware
Website www.ventrilo.com

Ventrilo (or Vent for short) is a proprietary VoIP software that includes text chat.

The Ventrilo client and server are both available as freeware for use with up to 8 people on the same server. Rented servers can maintain up to 400 people.[2] The Ventrilo server is available under a limited license for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X and is accessible on FreeBSD Kopi, Solaris and NetBSD. The client is available for Windows, Mac OS X.[3] However, the Mac OS X client is still unable to properly use most servers because of a lack of support for the sparsely used GSM codec. Flagship Industries does not offer a Linux Ventrilo client.[4] Third party Ventrilo clients are available for mobile devices, such as Ventrilode for iPhone[5] and Ventriloid for Android.[6]

Ventrilo supports GSM Full Rate and Speex codecs.

Usage[edit]

Ventrilo is sometimes used by gamers who use the software to communicate with other players on the same team of a multiplayer game, or for general chat.

Criticisms[edit]

Flagship Industries Inc. only sells licenses to businesses, which may impede on those who simply want to host Ventrilo servers on arbitrary hardware.[7]

Controversy[edit]

Flagship Industries Inc. has been involved in several copyright infringement cases as plaintiff.[8][9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flagship, Industries Inc.
  2. ^ So How many users can I have? (Ventrilo Tech Support)
  3. ^ "Ventrilo for Conversation". botwr.com. Best of the Web Review. 12 Aug 2008. Retrieved 25 Feb 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ventrilo Linux/ Unix client Pending Release". Ventrilo Tech Support. 30 May 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2013. The Ventrilo / Linux client tech support forum is here pending the official release of the client. At the current time we do not have an official release date. Once we do it will be posted here... 
  5. ^ "Ventrilode - a third party Ventrilo client for iPhone". 
  6. ^ "Ventriloid - a third party Ventrilo client for Android". 
  7. ^ "RANT: Ventrilo IS BAD". 
  8. ^ "Copyright Infringement: Flagship Industries, Inc. v. John Doe". Illinois Southern District Court: RFC Express. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2013. Court Case Number: 3:08-cv-00327-GPM-DGW 
  9. ^ "Copyright Infringement: Flagship Industries, Inc. v. John Doe". Illinois Northern District Court: RFC Express. 6 Mar 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2013. Court Case Number: 1:09-cv-01429