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seadog

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Aug 2014, 05:59    Post subject:  Skype dumps Linux
Subject description: Skype no longer supports Linux (for a while at least)
 

Good day chaps,
While in Spain the other day, I lost my Skype connection while in conversation with a friend. I could not re-establish a link-up to Skype. Normally, not a problem with my Precise 5.7.1 and netbook (blows smoke over Windows 7 incidently). Tried clean installs of Puppy and Skype sfs files, without any success.
Found a live chat on the Skype help page, then had a chat with the Technical chap there. I was told that Skype for Linux had been withdrawn for the next 2 weeks, while new versions are being tested, which is why I could not connect.
Sounds a bit strange, as no announcements on their news page and why not keep the older versions of Skype working, while the testing is undertaken.
It will be interesting to see if these new Linux versions of Skype ever turn up and I wonder if this is another Microsoft attempt at reducing the number of Linux users. I do have Windows 7 on the netbook, but runs like a slug. Puppy Precise 5.7.1 runs properly and quickly, a much better alternative.
Incidently, having used Puppy since issue 0.79, this Precise 5.7.1 is the best thing I have ever run on a netbook. Also, I have managed to install Mutt e-mail client, so now have the fastest e-mail on the planet as well.
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Aug 2014, 13:39    Post subject:  

Hi...

I wonder if others have experienced this yet? At any rate, your probably aware of alternatives such as Jitsi and Ekiga. I'm guessing they're available in the PPM. Wink

Regards....

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saintless


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PostPosted: Mon 04 Aug 2014, 14:07    Post subject: Re: Skype dumps Linux
Subject description: Skype no longer supports Linux (for a while at least)
 

seadog wrote:
Sounds a bit strange, as no announcements on their news page and why not keep the older versions of Skype working, while the testing is undertaken.

No testing as far as I know. All versions (infact alsmost all) before Skype 4.3 can't connect any more. Here is the message in Skype community forum:
http://community.skype.com/t5/Linux/Having-trouble-signing-in-Retirement-of-older-versions-of-Skype/td-p/3439685
The thread how to run Skype 4.3 in Puppy:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=94807
How to login with Skype 2.1 and 2.2 versions:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=792501#792501
And pet and sfs file working Skype 2.2.0.35-new from OscarTalks here:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=792546#792546
No way to login with Skype 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 versions... yet...

Edit: Here is the fix to login with Skype 4.0.0.8:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=792829#792829

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RSH


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PostPosted: Mon 04 Aug 2014, 14:17    Post subject: Re: Skype dumps Linux
Subject description: Skype no longer supports Linux (for a while at least)
 

seadog wrote:
...I was told that Skype for Linux had been withdrawn for the next 2 weeks, while new versions are being tested, which is why I could not connect.
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It will be interesting to see if these new Linux versions of Skype ever turn up and I wonder if this is another Microsoft attempt at reducing the number of Linux users.

I think it's a bit of Linux-Fascism to assume Microsoft as the cause for each and everything that has some kind of a negative impact on the use of Linux.

Since I'm NOT a Internet-Addicted-User this will not have any impact on my use of Linux. Besides such useful stuff like this here Forum the Internet succs - up to 98% of all.

Skype and all that different Internet-Online-Cloud-Stuff does NOT give freedom/liberty to any user or human being. It only turns People into addicted Persons. Talking to People for hours around the World every day, but only a few words per day at home to parents and/or wife is just one of the ugly results of Internet-Addiction; and the results are huge and massive - in a negative way.

Who really needs this?

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ndujoe1

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Aug 2014, 17:45    Post subject:  

I discovered the same thing my Skype 4.2.0.0.7 refused to connect to their server.

I am using Slacko 5.6

the new version of Skype apparently requires an updated version of QT to satisfy the Windows 8 Gui.

So I installed the qt-everywhere-opensource-src-4.8.2-i686-s14.sfs

then downloaded the
skype-ubuntu-lucid-4.3.0.37

It works but without sound. Says it see Virtual sound. Needs Pulseaudo interface apparently, a bridge too far for me at the moment haven't figured out a fix for that.

See the video cam ok.

Sad Linux users have to jump through these hoops.
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greengeek

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Aug 2014, 18:51    Post subject:  

My family (brothers and sisters around the world) has been using Skype to keep communication open with my father who is 88 years old and living alone. Now we can no longer do this. Heartless changes made by Microsoft.

Maybe they will apologise and correct their mistake - who knows.

Here is an interesting quote from the comments section on the skype community forum:

Quote:
Thanks Microsoft - you finally convinced me to ditch Skype.

The new version uses Pulseaudio and I will never - repeat: NEVER - install this crap on my system.

Did you also know that Skype reads /etc/passwd and browses your Firefox profile? Just run it with strace and you will see.

Keep your NSA backdoor, Microsoft. I don't want it anymore.
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RSH


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Aug 2014, 11:07    Post subject:  

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My family (brothers and sisters around the world) has been using Skype to keep communication open with my father who is 88 years old and living alone. Now we can no longer do this. Heartless changes made by Microsoft.

Just write a letter based on paper!

Several Generations did it this way - and it worked very well!

And of course he will be happy for a family-member's personal appearance once a year...

...if possible...

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irishrm


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Aug 2014, 11:40    Post subject:  

Might be of interest:

Running slacko 5.9.3.

Downloaded skype 4.3 for ubuntu from the skype website. Installed the .deb package.

I had no difficulty logging in and its working well.

irishrm.

EDIT: Spoke to soon_no sound.
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greengeek

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PostPosted: Tue 05 Aug 2014, 15:23    Post subject:  

RSH wrote:
Just write a letter based on paper!
Several Generations did it this way - and it worked very well!

And of course he will be happy for a family-member's personal appearance once a year...

This is true. I do visit him once a week but that leaves 6 days where he may fall and break a hip. We take turns to see how well he looks on Skype (an easy way for my sisters to track his health from the other side of the world..) but much more difficult if Skype doesn't work.

Hopefully msoft will have a change of heart and we will be back on line soon. Surely this is not a long term effort to alienate Linux users...?
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mcewanw

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Aug 2014, 17:37    Post subject:  

The link below provides a specially patched Skype version 4.2, which does not require pulse audio and continues to work with Skype:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=795755#795755

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greengeek

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PostPosted: Today, at 04:31    Post subject:  

mcewanw wrote:
The link below provides a specially patched Skype version 4.2, which does not require pulse audio and continues to work with Skype:http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=795755#795755

Is this still working for you? I just tried to log in and it wont connect anymore.
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saintless


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PostPosted: Today, at 09:07    Post subject:  

Patched versions do not work anymore.
Seems skype team is subscribed to this forum Smile
The workaround setting up the account with 4.3.0.37 for autologin still works.

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