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Video Skype for GNU/Linux has arrived! Clock ticking for my Windows partition...

, posted: 9-Nov-2007 11:44

I almost thought it would never happen, but today Skype announced the availability of Video in its GNU/Linux version! Finally! It took them a very long time, but here it is. It's still a beta, though, so a few things may not work correctly. However, I installed it on my system (Dell D820, Ubuntu 7.04, Logitech QuickCam EC) and it is working flawlessly so far. I spoke to my client in California already. Sound and also video quality is very good.

According to the release notes and discussions in their forums, they are still sorting out a couple of issues with some WebCam/graphic-card combinations. Therefore, if you try it on your system your mileage may vary. Hopefully, they have that all fixed by the time their gold release comes out. But it all works for me, so it looks like I am lucky.

Of course this also heralds the beginning of the end for the Windows partition on my hard drive. Video Skype was the only reason I kept it around. I will give it a try for a couple of days. If the beta-nature of this release doesn't prevent me from doing my normal work, then Windows will be wiped, and I have a nice, big data partition available for myself.

I've been looking forward to this for a long time already... Smile

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Comment by Kemal, on 9-Nov-2007 14:03

Hey!

I installed the application on my HP nx6125 runnig Ubuntu 7.04 with Logitech Quickcam Messenger, it works nearly flawless. Some of my friends reported that if you've enabled the compiz-fusion you can not receive video but I can't say anything about it because my ATI graphics chip doesn't support compiz...

Cheers...

http://kemal.bioeng-network.org/2007/11/09/finally-skype-linux-gets-video-support/


Comment by Darren Murphy, on 9-Nov-2007 18:09

Just installed it this morning and had a couple of calls. It works very well, maybe a slight sound issue but that could be several things. This is the day when I officially can say, I DO NOT NEED WINDOWS ANY MORE. This is a wonderful day. I can say that I use Linux Mint and I can not see myself using Windows ever again for my personal use. Thank you Skype for this chance to break free and Thanks to Linux Mint for such a wonderful distro.


Author's note by foobar, on 10-Nov-2007 12:10

Darren: Yes, I just formatted my Windows partition today (see also my last blog entry). How nice it is...

I have heard good things about Mint. I guess I need to have a look one of these days. It's based on Ubuntu, which I am using, which is nice.


Comment by VanAlstine, on 12-Nov-2007 06:41

I tried using skype a few months ago with Sabayon and PcLinuxOS but I couldn't get the mic to work under linux. Did a search and checked out a few forums for help to no avail. Maybe this new version will work. If it does I too will be very close to reformatting my Windows partition!


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