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Skype 4.0 For Linux Officially Released

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Published on 14 June 2012 11:12 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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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.

Skype 4.0 for Linux is codenamed "Four Rooms for Improvement" and aims to address some of the missing features from the Linux client that the Windows and Mac OS X versions have had for a while. Plus there's some user-interface refinements and other improvements too.

From the Skype Linux Blog, the major Skype 4.0 changes are:
1. We have a new Conversations View where users can easily track all of their chats in a unified window. Those users who prefer the old view can disable this in the Chat options;
2. We have a brand new Call View;
3. Call quality has never been better thanks to several investments we made in improving audio quality; and
4. We've worked on improving video call quality and have also extended support for more cameras.
Other Skype 4.0 Linux changes include:
- Improved chat synchronization
- New presence and emoticon icons
- The ability to store and view phone numbers in a Skype contact's profile
- Much lower chance Skype for Linux will crash or freeze
- Chat history loading is now much faster
- Support for two new languages: Czech (flag:cz) and Norwegian (flag:no)
The closed-source Skype Linux client can be downloaded at Skype.com.

Meanwhile, there's still no concerted effort towards the Free Software Foundation's Skype replacement project. The work out of the open-source Skype reverse-engineering camp has been limited as well.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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