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#1 2012-11-01 18:26:09

nixIT
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skype version

Hello all,

I have a question about the skype versions.  It appears that skype version 6 is out for Mac and Windows, but skype in the repos is only version 4.  Is skype (MS) stopping development on the linux version of skype? 

I ask, because I have a weekly class that is done via skype, and I have not been able to attend the past couple sessions because of a skype version mismatch, my instructor has version 6 and I have version 4. 

If MS is not going to develop skype on linux any more, any way to get skype 4 to talk to skype 6?  or are the linux users just SOL?

--nixIT

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#2 2012-11-01 18:42:13

Scimmia
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Re: skype version

Right now, you're SOL. Skype for linux doesn't support group video calls.

Don't get so hung up on the version numbers, though; version 4 for linux is less than 6 months old. The issue is simply the features available in the linux client.

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#3 2012-11-01 18:44:58

nixIT
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Re: skype version

The class is 1 on 1 with the instructor, and when I tried to connect 2 weeks ago, he had version 5, and I have version 4.  When I answered his skype call (voice only, no video), it would not take the call, said I had the wrong version.

any idea why that would happen?

--nixIT

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#4 2012-11-01 19:18:58

min
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Re: skype version

Considering Linux version once stay at version 2 for a long time (when mac and windows version was higher) I am not really surprised if that is the case. And I don't think it is becaused it is now owned by MS. Skype for linux is always been behind even before MS purchased it.

Hopefully it will work for you eventually.

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#5 2012-11-01 21:02:09

Jodell
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Re: skype version

nixIT wrote:

The class is 1 on 1 with the instructor, and when I tried to connect 2 weeks ago, he had version 5, and I have version 4.  When I answered his skype call (voice only, no video), it would not take the call, said I had the wrong version.

any idea why that would happen?

--nixIT

Never encountered this problem and I speak to people who use windows on a regular basis.

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#6 2012-11-01 23:01:59

Thaodan
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Re: skype version

They shoud pupblish a telepathy backend for  skype and the community woud do the rest.


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#7 2012-11-03 01:03:06

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Re: skype version

Thaodan wrote:

They shoud pupblish a telepathy backend for  skype and the community woud do the rest.

This.

At any rate, the newer versions of Skype, which may be required for your class do work via Wine with little to no issues. Whether or not you will be able to get v4l working with wine so you can actually do some face-to-face speech is another question altogether, but you should be able to at least connect with your instructor and get video. Not the most desirable situation, but it sure beats buying and installing Windows to do one class.

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#8 2012-11-05 13:38:01

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Re: skype version

Xaero252 wrote:

At any rate, the newer versions of Skype, which may be required for your class do work via Wine with little to no issues.

Another vote for trying the Windows version in Wine.  Linux Skype requires 32-bit libs on a 64-bit system, so even the native version makes a bit of a mess on your system.


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#9 2012-11-05 14:02:33

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Re: skype version

There must be another technical problem. I have video chats with people using all sorts of windows versions every other day. Does the video chat work at all, say, with other Linux clients?

@mister_playboy: I don't see the mess you are talking about. It's a few additional libraries. I'd rather call it messed up when Wine grabbs all the mime-types again, opening ini and txt files with it's win32-api text editor.

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#10 2012-11-05 14:20:07

Scimmia
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Re: skype version

mister_playboy wrote:
Xaero252 wrote:

At any rate, the newer versions of Skype, which may be required for your class do work via Wine with little to no issues.

Another vote for trying the Windows version in Wine.  Linux Skype requires 32-bit libs on a 64-bit system, so even the native version makes a bit of a mess on your system.

Um, you realize that Wine requires 32-bit libs on a 64-bit system too, right?

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#11 2012-11-05 15:17:41

Thaodan
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Re: skype version

Scimmia wrote:
mister_playboy wrote:
Xaero252 wrote:

At any rate, the newer versions of Skype, which may be required for your class do work via Wine with little to no issues.

Another vote for trying the Windows version in Wine.  Linux Skype requires 32-bit libs on a 64-bit system, so even the native version makes a bit of a mess on your system.

Um, you realize that Wine requires 32-bit libs on a 64-bit system too, right?

But it needs other librayrs than wine. But I think it isn't worth too try.


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#12 2012-11-05 15:19:09

Thaodan
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Re: skype version

Awebb wrote:

There must be another technical problem. I have video chats with people using all sorts of windows versions every other day. Does the video chat work at all, say, with other Linux clients?

@mister_playboy: I don't see the mess you are talking about. It's a few additional libraries. I'd rather call it messed up when Wine grabbs all the mime-types again, opening ini and txt files with it's win32-api text editor.

You can disable this, but I don't know  it atm.


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#13 2012-11-05 16:34:41

x33a
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Re: skype version

@ Thaodan

export WINEDLLOVERRIDES='winemenubuilder.exe=d'

also, for already installed applications, just remove the .desktop files.

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#14 2012-12-01 01:07:12

nixIT
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Re: skype version

Awebb wrote:

There must be another technical problem. I have video chats with people using all sorts of windows versions every other day. Does the video chat work at all, say, with other Linux clients?

@Awebb,

We are only doing voice, no video chats.

My instructor is on Mac, and the latest windows works with that, I know that.  I just did a re-install of Arch, going to re-install Skype and test with a mac at work to see if I can see what's going on.  Would much rather stay in linux native, if possible.

--nixIT


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