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  • Skype 4.0 For Linux Officially Released

    Phoronix: Skype 4.0 For Linux Officially Released

    Skype 4.0 has been officially released for Linux today after being under "development" for far too long. This first major update in years for the Skype Linux client is coming one year after Microsoft acquired Skype...

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

  • #2
    64 bit

    Strange, for fedora there is only a 32 bit package while there is a 32 and 64 bit package for Debian & Ubuntu...

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    • #3
      the 64bit packages are 32bit binarys with multilib dependencies.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by wpoely86 View Post
        Strange, for fedora there is only a 32 bit package while there is a 32 and 64 bit package for Debian & Ubuntu...
        well this not a native executable but a wine "optimized" .exe from windows. 32 or 64 you need multiarch support cuz is a 32bits .exe inside

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        • #5
          one has to wonder if it has anything to do with this:

          http://blogs.skype.com/en/2012/06/sk...rce=feedburner

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Xilanaz View Post
            one has to wonder if it has anything to do with this:

            http://blogs.skype.com/en/2012/06/sk...rce=feedburner

            "So, you should think of Conversation Ads as a way for Skype to generate fun interactivity between your circle of friends and family and the brands you care about. Ultimately, we believe this will help make Skype a more engaging and useful place to have your conversations each and every day." ... yeah, right.

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            • #7
              And don't forget the new feature : "Lawful interception" backdoor

              I hope the linux version will still avoid all the ads and the shitty UI they have on Windows...
              Multiples skype instances is also a cool linux exclusive feature.
              Last edited by karasu; 06-14-2012, 11:48 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jrch2k8 View Post
                well this not a native executable but a wine "optimized" .exe from windows. 32 or 64 you need multiarch support cuz is a 32bits .exe inside
                Thanks for the heads up, I'll stick with the old version.

                I prefer an ad-free native binary over a half-assed emulated one, which is probably full of ads. Somehow I already expected MS only being able to write Windows software.

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                • #9
                  I have started drifting away from using Skype. I often get a better result with Google chat, plus it so much lighter to run on my phone then Skype, witch was always a hazel.

                  If this is just a Windows app compiled with Wine then I am sourly disappointed that it's version 4.0 and not 5.9.0.123 like the Windows version. 4.0 on Windows is 3-4 years old (depending on the point release).

                  Originally posted by Xilanaz View Post
                  one has to wonder if it has anything to do with this:

                  http://blogs.skype.com/en/2012/06/sk...rce=feedburner

                  That sucks

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                  • #10
                    Lol, I actually can't believe they did a new release. Ok so, now we learned the lesson. They do a relase once a year (and a half).

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jrch2k8 View Post
                      well this not a native executable but a wine "optimized" .exe from windows. 32 or 64 you need multiarch support cuz is a 32bits .exe inside
                      "file skype" says "skype: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 2.6.15, BuildID[sha1]=0x3223447b98867e62fbed258aa0da4f2281ab6f11, stripped" though, and it has no other libraries etc. included.

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                      • #12
                        Yeah I can't find wine references. Not sure where he got that from.

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                        • #13
                          Not a Wine Wrapper

                          Somebody said that this is just a wine wrapper around the Windows Skype client but that is not true at all. As was posted above, the binary is a native 32-bit ELF executable. An ldd call shows:

                          ldd ./skype
                          linux-gate.so.1 => (0xb76e1000)
                          libasound.so.2 => not found
                          libXv.so.1 => not found
                          libXss.so.1 => not found
                          librt.so.1 => /lib/librt.so.1 (0xb76ca000)
                          libdl.so.2 => /lib/libdl.so.2 (0xb76c4000)
                          libX11.so.6 => /usr/lib/libX11.so.6 (0xb758e000)
                          libXext.so.6 => /usr/lib/libXext.so.6 (0xb757c000)
                          libQtDBus.so.4 => not found
                          libQtXml.so.4 => not found
                          libQtGui.so.4 => not found
                          libQtNetwork.so.4 => not found
                          libQtCore.so.4 => not found
                          libpthread.so.0 => /lib/libpthread.so.0 (0xb7560000)
                          libstdc++.so.6 => /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6 (0xb7477000)
                          libm.so.6 => /lib/libm.so.6 (0xb744a000)
                          libgcc_s.so.1 => /usr/lib/libgcc_s.so.1 (0xb742d000)
                          libc.so.6 => /lib/libc.so.6 (0xb728c000)
                          /lib/ld-linux.so.2 (0xb76e2000)
                          libxcb.so.1 => /usr/lib/libxcb.so.1 (0xb726e000)
                          libXau.so.6 => /usr/lib/libXau.so.6 (0xb726b000)
                          libXdmcp.so.6 => /usr/lib/libXdmcp.so.6 (0xb7265000)

                          As you can see, not only is this not a Wine wrapper, the Skype client is actually linking to the Qt libraries so there definitely is some Linux-specific code going on for at least the UI.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by d2kx View Post
                            Yeah I can't find wine references. Not sure where he got that from.
                            when i checked my process list i saw a wine process and since was a clean boot i only had skype4 open. seen that ldd log seems im wrong.

                            dunno maybe i got some hanging wine process from other stuff and relate it too the skype

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                            • #15
                              People still use wine?

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