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Skype 4.0 For Linux Now Available 196

An anonymous reader writes "Anyone who uses Skype on Linux will be happy to hear that a new version has been made available today, bringing with it a host of essential updates and new features. Skype 4.0, codenamed "Four Rooms for Improvement," is long overdue, and Marco Cimmino makes a point of thanking Linux users for their patience on the Skype blog. The main improvements Skype is delivering include much improved audio call quality, better video support, and improved chat synchronization. For video specifically, Skype has spent time implementing support for a much wider range of webcams, so if your camera didn't work before today you might be surprised to find it does in Skype 4.0. Visually, Skype has received a new Conversations View, which brings all chats into a single, unified window (you can revert to the old view if you prefer). There's also a new Call View, presence and emoticons have been redesigned, and you can now store and view numbers within each Skype profile."
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Skype 4.0 For Linux Now Available

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 14, 2012 @06:42PM (#40329503)

    Just in time for the Ads

  • 64 bit? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by metageek ( 466836 ) on Thursday June 14, 2012 @06:47PM (#40329553)

    The most important question is whether they made a native 64 bit version? [for those of us who don't want to pollute our machines with 32-bit compatibility libraries]

  • by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Thursday June 14, 2012 @06:55PM (#40329639) Journal

    Indeed. Why skype when SIP supports video?

  • by bogie ( 31020 ) on Thursday June 14, 2012 @07:01PM (#40329703) Journal

    But at least they are supporting linux with it vs not. The bottom line is when your trying to use Linux as your desktop OS and need to Skype with someone they don't want to hear "Just download X client and we'll use that instead of Skype". Maybe the people forcing you to run Skype to communicate with them should care about open standards but like most people they probably just want to use something that's familiar and easy to use.

  • Re:Oh Linux... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by semi-extrinsic ( 1997002 ) <asmunder.stud@ntnu@no> on Thursday June 14, 2012 @07:07PM (#40329755)
    I don't get this part. Skype should only interface with libv4l, an the kernel handles the drivers. We've had support for pretty much every webcam out there since 2.6.27, so what has Skype improved?
  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Thursday June 14, 2012 @07:18PM (#40329847) Journal
    However, it is entirely possible that their house counsel takes a slightly different view of their obligations under CALEA than some Swede with an LLC in Luxembourg and a p2p network...
  • by Gadget_Guy ( 627405 ) * on Thursday June 14, 2012 @07:20PM (#40329857)

    Still I'm utterly astounded that it took Microsoft ownership to finally pry a halfway decent and up to date version from the developers.

    I think it is interesting how Microsoft didn't get a mention at all in the summary or the article considering that the story is about them release software for Linux. And yet prior to Microsoft aquiring Skype they were directly blamed for Skype dropping other clients []. It seems we only want to mention Microsoft when bad things are happening, even if it has nothing to do with them.

    That said, it is interesting that the Skype website wasn't immediately rebranded with Microsoft logos. It seems MS are underplaying their ownership of this cross platform service. Perhaps they did some market research and found that their name would make users on non-Windows platforms aprehensive. You only need to look at the predictions of doom and gloom in the various Skype stories here on /. to appreciate that.

  • by ozmanjusri ( 601766 ) <> on Thursday June 14, 2012 @09:54PM (#40331081) Journal

    People who have turned hatred of a particular company into a sort of religion.

    The foundations of most religions are based on common sense. Some of their beliefs and activities seem ridiculous now because they're responding to events or conditions that ended centuries or millennia ago.

    For many contributors here, our distaste for matters Microsoft are based on things that happened during our lifetimes, and are often still happening.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 14, 2012 @11:52PM (#40331653)
    It's just software, calm it down.
  • So my grandma uses that too, right?

    The point of widespread communication systems is that you can get in touch with people.

    The answer to "why skype [on Linux]?" is "because it works". How is the increased number of choices bad? It's almost infinitely more likely that someone will be reachable via Skype than via something that really doesn't have traction beyond geeks using Linux and OSS exclusively. Part of the whole battle to make Linux much more accessible to the general public is having software that people want to use. Up-to-date Skype on Linux is a win/win for all concerned; both from Microsoft's end (more users make the service as a whole more valuable) and for users (since the software is available) and since it removes one more hurdle to Linux adoption for the general public ("I might try it out, but can I run [$piece of common software] on it?").

  • Re:Common Sense (Score:5, Insightful)

    by silentcoder ( 1241496 ) on Friday June 15, 2012 @04:01AM (#40332689)

    The GP only claimed it could be explained by common sense at it's foundation. Practically all of them can be explained by common sense 4000 years ago !

    The start of the Abrahamic religions for example may well have been something like this. There was this dude called Abraham - we know he WAS real (there is massive proof) who lived in a city called Ur. Ur's reality is beyond question - we've FOUND the place, part of the old Mesopotamian civilization - one of the first large human settlements. They were a polytheistic culture that set great store by physical symbols of idols (e.g. statue worship and the like) - this too is well verifiable fact (the archeologist found some of the idols and their religious scripture).

    Abraham however wasn't satisfied with the fickle gods, they just didn't conform to his experience of the world - as a shepherd he encountered seasons and the way nature worked - regularly, and things weren't fitting.

    So he moved out and began to think, clearly there was something bigger than himself out there (up to this point, science says the exact same thing)... then he made one small logical error - he turned "something bigger" into "Someone bigger".
    He named that some-one El Shadai - which means "That which is" (in the modern Bible it is translated as "God".
    Suddenly everything made sense- this much more powerful being controlled all the things that happened apparently randomly and senselessly yet showed clear patterns. They showed patterns because they were logical and wise, but they were unpredictable because they were the wisdom of a mind far greater than his own. Throw in a bit of the mythology from his homeland (Gilgamesh becomes Noah) and you have the book of Genesis resulting.

    All very common sensible - for 6000 years ago. Not so much today.

  • Re:Common Sense (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Aighearach ( 97333 ) on Friday June 15, 2012 @05:34AM (#40333053) Homepage

    Buddhism is based totally in common sense. Guatama Buddha even said not to believe something because he said it, or because it is in a holy book, but only to believe it if it is consistent with your own experience. He also said not to worry what happens after you die.

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