Thursday, June 19, 2014

Skype Update for Linux

After some time, finally Microsoft/Skype is updating Skype for Linux with a new 4.3 release, announced on their blog.

This changes brings many new features and changes:
  • An updated UI
  • Our new cloud-based Group Chat experience
  • More reliable file transfer support when using multiple devices at once
  • Greater accessibility by blind and visually impaired users
  • PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support
  • Lot of bug fixes
Meanwhile, there's also a drawback on this new version:
  • This version dropped support for direct Alsa support; please install PulseAudio 4.0 or greater for the best calling experience.
You can install the new Skype using the same Skype SlackBuild script available on SBo. You only need to edit the VERSION line or override it on the fly using VERSION=4.3.0.37 sh ./skype.SlackBuild