CrossLoop is a FREE secure screen sharing utility designed for people of all technical skill levels. CrossLoop extends the boundaries of traditional screen sharing by enabling non-technical users to get connected from anywhere on the Internet in seconds without changing any firewall or router settings. It only takes a few minutes to setup and no signup is required.
CrossLoop screen sharing has countless remote applications:
All data sent between computers is encrypted using a strong 128-bit blowfish encryption algorithm.
CrossLoop also uses the free, open-source VNC (Virtual Network Computing) viewer and server combination from TightVNC. CrossLoop makes it possible for TightVNC to operate when either or both of the computers are situated behind restrictive firewalls.
Mrinal Desai says:
"CrossLoop by itself is not opensource but tightVNC, what we use underneath, is. We packaged it with our code to make it really simple."
"is powered by proprietary VIP Tunnel technology"
"It is built on a P2P architecture and is available at www.crossloop.com."
Wondering why I posted it here when CrossLoop is not open source? Well I wanted to write about TightVNC and ended up posting about CrossLoop. I mentioned about UltraVNC sometime back and talked about some of its features. The reason I have included CrossLoop here is because this will help us in some ways to appreciate the open source development sensibility and how it empowers others to think in different yet simpler ways. I will not talk about the pros or cons of CrossLoop because that is not something that will fit in here but definitely talk a bit about TightVNC which seems to have proved that it can be fit into any industry standard software so seamlessly thus not only empowering the person using it but also the idea behind having open source software in the first place. TightVNC is similar to RealVNC except that it is much more advanced and feature packed than RealVNC. A small introduction to TightVNC is available which describes in detail the amazing capabilities of TightVNC. No wonder we can expect it to be part of many more applications to come. I am watching out for some exciting options from DimDim which is part of this application space (collaboration, screen sharing etc...) and I can say from the way it looks it will be one more amazing initiative in the open source realm. More on DimDim in the future.
Incase you are interested to know more about CrossLoop you may visit: Open Source, Innovation and Service - Story of Crossloop by Rajesh Shetty.
Question to readers:
Can open source and closed source applications complement each other ? Does CrossLoop based on TightVNC prove this?