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Skype

Skype uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to provide voice- and video-based communication with other Internet users. The technology is extremely advanced, but easy to use. It features excellent sound quality, end-to-end encryption, and automatic negotiation of firewalls or routers. Among major features are SkypeOut and SkypeIn, adding the possibility to make low-cost calls to land line phones and having a fixed number to be able to receive calls from land line phones.

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  •  05 Feb 2013 13:34

    Release Notes: Sign-in is now possible with a Microsoft account, and chat communication to Messenger, Xbox, Hotmail, and Outlook.com is possible. Minor user interface changes have been made. Multiple instances of the client can now run with different (secondary) logins. Full support for the "/golive" command has been implemented to ease hosting conference calls. Skype URIs in browsers can now launch the client. Notifications can now be sent to a user-selected audio device. Minor bugs and crashes have been resolved.

    •  17 Jul 2012 14:04

      Release Notes: A serious security issue has been fixed which caused IM messages last entered or sent prior to a crash to be sent to a different IM contact. Saving of sent files to hard disks formatted with FAT32 is again possible. A crash when marking all conversations as viewed has been fixed. Participants appearing and disappearing from call view has been fixed.

      •  14 Jun 2012 20:56

        Release Notes: A new Conversations View and a new Call View have been introduced. Audio and video call quality has been improved. Webcam support has been extended. Chat synchronization has been improved. New presence and emoticon icons have been added. The ability to store and view phone numbers has been introduced. Several crash and freeze scenarios have been resolved. Loading of the chat history is now much faster.

        •  29 Aug 2009 20:24

          Release Notes: Support was added for high quality video, for Skype's SILK audio codec, for PulseAudio, for sending of SMSs, for contact groups, and many other features. Many minor improvements and bugfixes were made.

          •  29 Aug 2009 20:20

            Release Notes: Many minor bugs were fixed. Stability and performance improvements were made.

            Recent comments

            03 Oct 2006 04:19 andypoo

            Re: 1.3 beta => needs root access


            > The 1.3 beta running on Linux 2.6.18

            > needs root

            > privilegies to made and recieve calls

            > which is a security

            > nightmare!!! If its running as user it

            > hangs when it tries

            > to establish a call (incoming and

            > outgoing).

            Hi -- this is not true, and only affects a small handful of users, although Skype are yet to find a common factor here.

            Skype is designed to run as a regular user on the system. There is a thread about it in the Skype forums, just post your info there and see if we can help each other out.

            29 Sep 2006 03:25 Crissi

            1.3 beta => needs root access
            The 1.3 beta running on Linux 2.6.18 needs root

            privilegies to made and recieve calls which is a security

            nightmare!!! If its running as user it hangs when it tries

            to establish a call (incoming and outgoing).

            I've contacted the skype staff but no answer (yet).

            27 Sep 2006 10:49 aigarius

            Re: Skype sucks


            > Skype, however, uses the OSS interface

            > and therefore needs complete control of

            > my soundcard.

            Not any more - 1.3 beta versions have very nice ALSA support.

            22 Aug 2006 12:56 crapon

            Re: beta?


            >

            > % We must call this version alpha, it

            > has

            > % many bugs about the sound

            >

            >

            > OK, I know we - GPL junkies - have a

            > tendency to diss closed-source apps.

            > But please...

            %

            A beta version must have minimun functionality

            that this version hasn't.

            > % and runs only as root.

            >

            >

            > Please... configure your system! Stop

            > spreading FUD. If it works under root

            > priviliges it means this is 99.99%

            > permissions problem. It runs fine here

            > as non-root user... Slackware -current.

            I don't know which type of permissions you talk about. Skype 1.2.0.18 works well, Ekiga Gizmo Wengophone linphone etc... are working as normal user too, no sound server is blocking the audio card.

            Maybe there are some other things to set?

            The README included in the package (related to v0.92.0.16 ) cannot help.

            Regards

            22 Aug 2006 10:38 cyncynut

            Re: beta?


            > We must call this version alpha, it has

            > many bugs about the sound

            OK, I know we - GPL junkies - have a tendency to diss closed-source apps.

            But please...

            Yes, there is Skype 2.x for Windos already and this beta is buggy (perhaps that's why it's called so?) e.g. after very long uptime trying to use voice service causes Skype to gobble 100% of CPU cycles and lack of sound... BUT overall it works and I expect this version or later to co-operate with ALSA properly (thank you, from me and hopefully every other Linux user, very much to whoever, responsible at Skype Corp, is working to achive this goal!).

            > and runs only as root.

            Please... configure your system! Stop spreading FUD. If it works under root priviliges it means this is 99.99% permissions problem. It runs fine here as non-root user... Slackware -current. And on good days let's me talk to friends and listen to music at the same time, now there is something to fuel my ADS ;-)

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