Thursday, April 21, 2011

Linux Skype 2.2 Beta

I installed the minor update for Linux Skype on Debian sid and it seems to be working fine. It is a minor update but you can never be too sure, so I had the the old .deb package handy just in case.

Skype may be closed source but at least they provide proper .deb and .rpm packages, which ultimately is the best way for to install software on Linux. A further curiosity is that Skype actually provides separate packages for Ubuntu and Debian, an indication that the latter must be a noticeable portion of the user base.

A few years ago I heard that Skype was planning to release a library which would enable others to write front end GUIs. Nothing concrete was ever announced so I guess it was just a rumour.

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