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    Phoronix: Microsoft Reportedly Releasing A New Skype For Linux Soon

    At long last it looks like there could be a major update to the Skype Linux client after its been stagnate recently under Microsoft's control compared to the advancing Skype Windows client...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTY5OTM

  • #2
    or read..

    "hey you, linux user..
    yes you. the one's who dont trust us anymore,
    can you put our bugged software on your communist platform please?


    ... we promise we won't share any of the data .. pwetty pweeese"

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    • #3
      Originally posted by phill1978 View Post
      or read..

      "hey you, linux user..
      yes you. the one's who dont trust us anymore,
      can you put our bugged software on your communist platform please?


      ... we promise we won't share any of the data .. pwetty pweeese"
      Yeah, important reminder:
      Do not even think about running the skype executable without sandboxing it with things like selinux or apparmor or running it under a dummy skype-only user account.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by not.sure View Post
        Yeah, important reminder:
        Do not even think about running the skype executable without sandboxing it with things like selinux or apparmor or running it under a dummy skype-only user account.
        Disposable-style email addresses. That's the habit I've started on. Aside from just not using that type of software's anyway. Slowly learning about the SELinux stuff.

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        • #5
          Just use google hangouts.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mufasa72 View Post
            Just use google hangouts.
            You can't trust them any more than MS, really. I use talky and other webrtc services. I'm hoping that jitsi-videobridge gets adopted into XMPP and into telepathy some time in the next millenia, so that we can have first class native video conferencing. (with encryption, but that is already almost-sorta-nearly-done-soon™)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mufasa72 View Post
              Just use google hangouts.
              In order to avoid data collection and corporate spying?

              That has to be the worst piece of advice ever given!

              In order to use google hangouts, you must register a google+ account with your real name, allow cookies and scripts from all google domains, and it only works if you use google's own browser.

              Skype is a haven of openness and privacy in comparison!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
                and it only works if you use google's own browser.
                It works on Firefox too (with a plugin, AFAIK).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pseus View Post
                  It works on Firefox too (with a plugin, AFAIK).
                  Correct. And I'm actually pretty sure it requires a plugin on Chrome too, but the plugin is downloaded without your knowledge, and is hidden from the user.

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                  • #10
                    Besides the fact that it's Spycrosoft software, I dislike Skype, because it constantly messes with my soundsettings, even though I've disabled any automatic adjustments. I also find it to be increadibly bulky/bloated.
                    Does anyone know of any other P2P VOIP clients? I don't care if its unable to use Skypes network, or unable to call phones.

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                    • #11
                      Originally Skype was great. It undercut all the big telecoms + was reknown for being unpenetrable w/ no back doors. Then it sold out + become just another corportae asset. First to ebay, now to MS. Now I'm trapped. I either stay with this old tired poorly preforming shit complete with ports to the NSA or get a crappy cell phone plan. The promises of the Internets somehow went astray.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by not.sure View Post
                        Yeah, important reminder:
                        Do not even think about running the skype executable without sandboxing it with things like selinux or apparmor or running it under a dummy skype-only user account.
                        Yes. But on the other hand, at least with SELinux, you are running a NSA infested Linux. They say it is safe...

                        Sadly a lot of my friends use skype. I also see the benefits of a videochat or at least a free of cost via internet voice chat program. Some of my pals living in foreign countries, so that would actually be quite good.
                        But Skype? It was horrible when ebay bought it, didn't get any better and finally with MS things got even worse.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Adarion View Post
                          Yes. But on the other hand, at least with SELinux, you are running a NSA infested Linux. They say it is safe...

                          Sadly a lot of my friends use skype. I also see the benefits of a videochat or at least a free of cost via internet voice chat program. Some of my pals living in foreign countries, so that would actually be quite good.
                          But Skype? It was horrible when ebay bought it, didn't get any better and finally with MS things got even worse.
                          Run it in a virtual box.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Adarion View Post
                            Yes. But on the other hand, at least with SELinux, you are running a NSA infested Linux. They say it is safe...
                            Not sure it was intended a humour, the source code is available on http://oss.tresys.com/repos/refpolicy/archive/ under GPL+ license. NSA no longer hosted the source code since 2008.

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                            • #15
                              The Windows client is advancing? I waste up to half of the allocated time for my regular meetings dealing with issues with that client. Random changes to the selected microphone and speaker in the middle of a call and screen sharing failing to start correctly or simply failing partway through a session are particularly annoying issues. I just use Skype for instant messaging myself. I'm still on 4.2.

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