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New Version Of Skype Released For Linux

Skype 2.1 Beta was released for Linux yesterday brining with it a host of new and improved features ‚Ä” including PulseAudio support!

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The last version of Skype for Linux was released over a year ago, and the last major update was two years ago. As such the new version takes advantage of the developments within Linux since then ‚Ä” and the demand for feature parity with other platforms versions.

New Features include: –

  • High Quality Video
  • Better quality audio thanks to Skype’s ‚ÄėSILK’ codec
  • PulseAudio support
  • Chat enhancements, including new emoticons (!)
  • SMS Messaging support
  • Ability to organise contacts into groups.
  • Interface improvements ‚Ä” including tooltips, visible video/mobile icons, chat pictures, labels/tags, etc
  • Netbook friendly

Improvements also come thick and fast, including: –

  • Enlarged tray icon, also showing number of missed events
  • Updated ALSA device detection, nicer to USB headsets
  • Answer button is enabled in the call window if call popup is disabled
  • Clickable links in mood message
  • Calling phone numbers of a contact can be done using context menu

…And it goes on and on. You can check out the full list in the release notes.

Skype 2.1 also comes with a list of known issues. A short selection of which are: –

  • Accepting screen sharing from Mac/Windows clients might cause Skype to crash
  • Some Webcam’s might not work in Skype (but there is a quick fix)
  • Making calls with PulseAudio 0.9.10 works, however with reduced quality. Skype recommend updating to 0.9.15 or higher.
  • Logging in and out with a different user name may cause Skype to crash.


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