I've had some time now to look into the "Dell Video Chat powered by SightSpeed" announced yesterday. I am very impressed with what they have done, both technically and commercially.
Jamie's Mostly Linux Stuff
Various thoughts and adventures, including but not limited to Linux, assorted bits of hardware new and old, and occasionally Windows XP/Vista/7.
I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11 (/45 and /70) and VAX minicomputers. I was involved with the first wave of Unix-based microcomputers, in the early '80s. I have been working in software development, operation, installation and support since then.
Dell made several announcements today. The one which caught my eye was "Dell Video Chat powered by SightSpeed".
I've run into the first significant problems with Linux on my laptops. I had pretty much decided to go with a dual-boot XP/Ubuntu setup on my main laptop (S6510), the same as what I am currently using on the test laptop (S2110).
Here comes yet another SP3 lament. As an individual end user, I try to keep my laptops up to date via Windows Update, or Microsoft Update, as appropriate.
Lest the real problems with the current version of Skype get lost in all the revulsion over the Skype 4.0 beta, here is a thread from the Skype Community which very nicely summarizes the current dismal state of Skype's so-called "Customer Support".
Since posting the First impressions blog about the new openSuSE 11.0 release, I have spent quite a bit more time exploring it - in the process of which I have installed it three more times.
I have just seen the announcement that SightSpeed Light is available on the hi5 social networking site. Now, there's probably too much gray in my beard for me to be very involved in sites like hi5, but I am very pleased indeed to see SightSpeed promoting their Light version.
I spent part of the weekend trying out the new SightSpeed build that I mentioned on Friday. WOW.
I noticed today that there is a new build for Windows available on the SightSpeed download page. It's still called 6.
I have downloaded and installed the new openSUSE 11.0 release, and my first impressions are generally positive.