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 Posted: Jun 14 2012, 06:28 PM
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version 4 just landed

http://download.skype.com/linux/

download the static version and then:
/usr/lib/libtiff.so.4 -> /usr/lib/libtiff.so.3.9.4

enjoy it!
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 Posted: Jun 14 2012, 06:49 PM
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So it is actually being maintained. Hopefully Mac users aren't left out, either.

In other news, one of these days I need to get around to making sure that Ekiga talks to Alsa on SL without spazzing...
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 Posted: Jun 14 2012, 07:07 PM
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QUOTE (hdd @ Jun 14 2012, 10:28 AM)
version 4 just landed

http://download.skype.com/linux/

Thanks for the heads up. But I got a blank page with that link. I was able to download by running:

wget http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-beta-static

The file downloaded was skype_static-4.0.0.7.tar.bz2 .

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 Posted: Jun 14 2012, 07:09 PM
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@toracat : Thanks for the correct link smile.gif
@zxq9 : An update every 2 years , is a bit far from being a maintenence smile.gif
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 Posted: Jun 14 2012, 07:38 PM
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You might call me paranoid, but since this is the first release after MS took over Skype I'm suspicious that this is the release with a back-door for snoops... ph34r.gif

I'll rather stick with my 2.0 as long as it works!

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 Posted: Jun 14 2012, 08:08 PM
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Interesting, I didn't think they'd continue development for Linux, considering the last release was so long ago. I don't often use Skype, but it's nice to have an update. Now why would this have happened so out of the blue?

Damn you tux99, you're making me paranoid!
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QUOTE (Nathan @ Jun 14 2012, 10:08 PM)
Damn you tux99, you're making me paranoid!


Just because you aren't paranoid that doesn't mean they aren't out to get you! http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2835777/egyptian.gif


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 Posted: Jun 15 2012, 07:36 AM
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Considering the history, I wouldn't even call that paranoia. Without seeing what's in the binary it is a bit scary to install it as root. Actually, Skype does a bunch of crazy stuff (and did since v2, I think) to try to keep Skype's functionality obfuscated; it wouldn't surprise me at all if there is a bunch of wacky stuff in there for snooping.

I already considered them ditching p2p supernodes to be a bit fishy:
http://www.geek.com/articles/news/microsoft-updates-skype-to-use-secure-linux-servers-instead-of-p2p-supernodes-2012052/
http://liliputing.com/2012/05/skype-abandons-peer-to-peer-technology.html
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/skype-what-kind-of-infrastructure-changes-has-microsoft-made/12612

This made particularly little sense since Skype has always been in the red (as in, its never been a profitable venture), and now Microsoft is losing even more money because it has to support development and infrastructure now.

Anyway, there is a major need to move to SIP standards (or something else protocol based instead of client/server/protocol/vendor bundled) and break out of single-network human <-> human voice chat systems. Its an old enough technology now that it should be considered "basic infrastructure" to simply be expected as a utility of any complete userland installation the same way email, http browsers, image viewers, ps/pdf readers, text and odt editors, a decent shell, etc. are.

...And that means we really need to get on the ball fixing Ekiga and similar projects. That's always shown so much promise and been given such a paucity of attention. The problem is, I think, that people who really grok sound subsystems usually work on recorded/recording media software and not on chat applications. The people who grok chat applications do stuff like Pidgin, Konversation, and mud clients but don't feel like investing the time necessary to hop on fixing the sound system, which is the one thing that's consistently irritating about projects like Ekiga.
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 Posted: Jun 17 2012, 01:51 PM
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Seems to me it's already known that MS has some sort of something with Skype (hows THAT for FUD) that will enable someone to see what you did. I'm too lazy to google it.

I've only used it, so far, on Fedora and Arch, the Arch 64 bit package seems a bit buggy. On the other hand, I've only used it fairly briefly with my wife overseas, and it's been where either she or I had to rush (13 hour time difference, so one of us had to get out of the house.)

Interface seems a little nicer, but, for my VERY limited use of it, no big surprises. Despite what Barney says, New isn't always better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjeeOZradOM&feature=related
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 Posted: Jun 17 2012, 06:28 PM
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Huh, this is weird. I had Skype up and running yesterday, I load it up today and all I get is:
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[nathan@chomp ~]$ skype
Segmentation fault

Nevermind, I just borked the symlink.
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QUOTE (hdd @ Jun 14 2012, 07:28 PM)
version 4 just landed

http://download.skype.com/linux/

download the static version and then:
/usr/lib/libtiff.so.4 -> /usr/lib/libtiff.so.3.9.4

enjoy it!
L.


Does it work also under 64-bit SL6 version?
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 Posted: Aug 17 2012, 01:01 PM
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QUOTE (fyzyk007 @ Aug 17 2012, 12:50 PM)

Does it work also under 64-bit SL6 version?

I haven't tried it, but I suspect it does not unless you install the 32-bit version of its dependencies. Most slaveware works just fine if you do that.
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 Posted: Aug 17 2012, 01:22 PM
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QUOTE (fyzyk007 @ Aug 17 2012, 01:50 PM)
QUOTE (hdd @ Jun 14 2012, 07:28 PM)
version 4 just landed

http://download.skype.com/linux/

download the static version and then:
/usr/lib/libtiff.so.4 -> /usr/lib/libtiff.so.3.9.4

enjoy it!
L.


Does it work also under 64-bit SL6 version?

As zxq9 said, you need to install the 32-bit versions of Skype's dependencies. With that it works as it should.
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