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    Default Microsoft Reportedly Releasing A New Skype For Linux Soon

    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

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    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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Just use google hangouts.

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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    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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