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  • Skype 2.1 Beta 2 Delivers Linux Screen Sharing

    Phoronix: Skype 2.1 Beta 2 Delivers Linux Screen Sharing

    Back in August we covered the Skype 2.1 beta that was released and brought new features like SILK audio codec support, PulseAudio compatibility, SMS sending support, chat messaging editing/removing capabilities, contact groups support, typing notification in chat, chat picture support, and mood messages. Skype 2.1 Beta 2 has finally been released and it brings even more features...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzkwMw

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    Does anyone know if you can only use pulseaudio with this version? (the previous beta seemed to be just pulse audio which really seems to lag on my system)

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    • #3
      screen sharing? wow im impressed if it actually works!

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      • #4
        I really don't get why skype is unable to fix the control file to provide a 64 bit lenny deb. That's something that i can do within 5 minutes (when i reuse my older patch).

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        • #5
          @Craig73
          There is no PulseAudio-only version of Skype. Skype shows other sound options only if PA is not installed. I removed PA from my Ubuntu and Skype 2.1 works OK with ALSA.

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          • #6
            Thanks. Wouldn't have know bar seeing this in my RSS aggregator.

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            • #7
              The question remains; does it now actually fsking work under Linux?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
                The question remains; does it now actually fsking work under Linux?
                It does, but it's still an ugly POS. If only there was a viable alternative...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                  It does, but it's still an ugly POS. If only there was a viable alternative...
                  You mean: if only other people used those viable alternatives

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by curaga View Post
                    You mean: if only other people used those viable alternatives
                    I'm now able to do audio chats via Pidgin, but have yet to try video and have not tried Empathy again in a while. Of course, AFAIK this is all still only with Jabber/XMPP/Gtalk, but who cares about the closed protocols. Yeah yeah many use them still, as do I, but all this work is an enabler so that those proprietary controlled (and thus often broken) protocols/networks can be moved away from. Just a matter of getting friends to switch!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by curaga View Post
                      You mean: if only other people used those viable alternatives
                      You mean: Skype doesn't work on any platform anymore because the Skype servers are a complete dissaster so my entire family asked me if there was one we could switch to.

                      Does anyone know a user-friendly FLOSS app that works under Linux, Windows XP, Vista and 7? I would switch to it, ASAP...

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                      • #12
                        Can Empathy communicate with Google Talk? If so, that would be a good solution for these platforms.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                          Can Empathy communicate with Google Talk? If so, that would be a good solution for these platforms.
                          Thanks! Google Talk uses the Jingle protocol, which is an open VOIP extension to the XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) open protocol.

                          Among clients that support the Jingle protocol is Empathy, yes. However Google Talk is not fully compatible with the spec, so it isn't compatible with all clients.

                          In order for Empathy to wok with Google Talk one needs to have a Google Talk account (Gtalk) and specify the following:
                          Server: talk.google.com
                          Port: 5223
                          And have the "Use old SSL" option checked.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
                            Thanks! Google Talk uses the Jingle protocol, which is an open VOIP extension to the XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) open protocol.

                            Among clients that support the Jingle protocol is Empathy, yes. However Google Talk is not fully compatible with the spec, so it isn't compatible with all clients.

                            In order for Empathy to wok with Google Talk one needs to have a Google Talk account (Gtalk) and specify the following:
                            Server: talk.google.com
                            Port: 5223
                            And have the "Use old SSL" option checked.
                            I'd point out that you aren't limited to GTalk accounts, or using Empathy on Linux.

                            You can use Jingle with any Jabber account, including ones from Jabber.org, Livejournal chat, or, yes, GTalk. Facebook Chat is eventually supposed to use jabber too.
                            Since the jabber servers talk to each other, you'd just add yourfriend @ gmail.com or example@jabber.org to your friend list. Jabber IDs look just like email addresses.

                            Other Jingle-compatible clients include Gajim and Psi (which work on Windows as well as Linux). Gajim has a video button, but I haven't tried using it.
                            Kopete (KDE) also claims to have Jingle support, but I've never gotten it working.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by transwarp View Post
                              I'd point out that you aren't limited to GTalk accounts, or using Empathy on Linux.
                              Gtalk would be preferred as:
                              1. Google servers are powerful and don't suffer from downtime. Communication is from within the Netherlands to Australia.
                              2. Everybody I know has a GMail account and Gmail can be used for VOIP over Jingle too.
                              3. Convincing people to use Google wouldn't be a problem. Google = large trusted company = good :')



                              I will be using Pidgin under XP, Kopete (if I get it to work with Google Talk) under Kubuntu and Empathy on a computer I share with a friend of mine because it runs Fedora 12 for which empathy is the default client.
                              Last edited by V!NCENT; 01-23-2010, 04:14 PM.

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