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Skype 2.2 Beta For Linux Released

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Published on 06 April 2011 01:59 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Two weeks ago I shared with my Twitter followers that a Skype Linux announcement would be coming soon. Today, one of the Skype Linux announcements has happened: a new beta with new features.

Skype 2.2 Beta for Linux is the new release and it brings Skype Access to Linux users. Skype Access allows users to access many commercial WiFi hot-spots (such as those from Boingo) and to pay for it using their Skype credit. It's not exactly a killer feature, but potentially handy and is simply another feature previously available to Skype Windows and Mac OS X users.

The 2.2 beta for Linux also improves audio and video quality and its reliability. There's also proper handling of multiple calls, PulseAudio fixes for Ubuntu users, KDE graphics issue fixes for Oxygen, and many other changes.

Today's announcement was made on the Skype blog and there's the release notes with more information on the changes.

Expect more exciting work soon.

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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