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    Phoronix: Skype 4.1 For Linux Released

    Microsoft has released Skype 4.1 for Linux...

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

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    Wow really? Why would they do this when they are at proxy war with linux all the time? Is this some sort of effort to eventually get MS code into linux?

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    • #3
      Skype 4.1 For Linux Released


      Gabe and Valve scold Windows 8 and say they bring out Steam for Linux (*cough* Ubuntu *cough) but yet very corporation he scolds can make multi distro packages for Skype.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by aironeous View Post
        Wow really? Why would they do this when they are at proxy war with linux all the time? Is this some sort of effort to eventually get MS code into linux?
        what are you talking about... its all in good faith...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by aironeous View Post
          Is this some sort of effort to eventually get MS code into linux?
          There has been MS code in linux for quite a while now. In fact they are one of the larger contributor over the last few kernels.

          http://arstechnica.com/business/2012...p-contributor/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by deanjo View Post
            There has been MS code in linux for quite a while now. In fact they are one of the larger contributor over the last few kernels.

            http://arstechnica.com/business/2012...p-contributor/
            Except that the ONLY users who actually have Microsoft code running in their kernels are those who are running Microsoft's virtual machine system.

            This is like saying that Wal-Mart is one of the biggest builders of roads on the planet because they pave the entrances to their parking lots.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by deanjo View Post


              Gabe and Valve scold Windows 8 and say they bring out Steam for Linux (*cough* Ubuntu *cough) but yet very corporation he scolds can make multi distro packages for Skype.
              Yes because we all know ubuntu packages can't be made to work on nearly any linux platform and besides it's not like steam is in a CLOSED beta or anything...

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              • #8
                Oh hey, now they write "multiarch" instead of "64-bit" in their download page. That's a welcome change to clear up misunderstandings. Though I still have no idea why they won't release a 64-bit version...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by frantaylor View Post
                  Except that the ONLY users who actually have Microsoft code running in their kernels are those who are running Microsoft's virtual machine system.

                  This is like saying that Wal-Mart is one of the biggest builders of roads on the planet because they pave the entrances to their parking lots.
                  Oh there is no illusion that they contribute with a vested interest but that could be said of any contributor. Redhat contrributes for the benefit of their product, as does AMD, as to individuals who own that product, etc.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by chris200x9 View Post
                    Yes because we all know ubuntu packages can't be made to work on nearly any linux platform and besides it's not like steam is in a CLOSED beta or anything...
                    So why doesn't Valve do so? Heck even MS can supply a generic package. They can port their Steam client, port their engine but not take what amounts to being a junior intern job of packaging.
                    Last edited by deanjo; 11-15-2012, 12:26 AM.

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                    • #11
                      The general and most visible new stuff in 4.1 as i can see without the official changelog is that you have a new option, under the "Video" configuration menu.
                      It's a switch for turning on and off Auto-exposure for the webcams.

                      Now if only there was somebody to fix those damn crappy linux UVC to support switching off the auto-exposure on every UVC, will be good !
                      As always in linux... Something is wrong and doesn't work...

                      But hey - It's free... Haha ( me being sarcastic)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                        So why doesn't Valve do so? Heck even MS can supply a generic package. They can port their Steam client, port their engine but not take what amounts to being a junior intern job of packaging.
                        wtf are you even talking about? Not only did they not say that Steam would be Ubuntu only, but it's now in Arch's official repos and I know first hand multiple Arch users and a bunch of Arch devs that are in the beta officially... as in Valve knows they're not on Ubuntu and still let them in. Just because they picked Ubuntu first as their official test distribution doesn't mean they're only going to support it... and in fact they've never said anything to indicate that and were clear that Ubuntu was just the FIRST distribution, not ONLY.

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                        • #13
                          will the 32bit opensuse rpm work on a 64 bit opensuse install?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                            There has been MS code in linux for quite a while now. In fact they are one of the larger contributor over the last few kernels.

                            http://arstechnica.com/business/2012...p-contributor/
                            I read they needed thousands of small contributions to get their hyper-v implementation going, so Linux runs on their hypervisor. The code wasn't good enough and about to be removed from the kernel before that

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jedibeeftrix View Post
                              will the 32bit opensuse rpm work on a 64 bit opensuse install?
                              Ubuntu's multiarch setup works ok for Skype's 32-bit DEBs, maybe openSUSE also has something like multiarch.

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