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".
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.
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.
The new release of OpenSUSE, 11.0, has just been made available for download.
I have been debating whether I would risk installing the Skype 4.0 beta release on my test system (there's absolutely ZERO chance that it will ever be installed on my live system).
I booted up Ubuntu today and found an unusually large batch of updates ready to be installed. A quick glance at the update list showed that they were already distributing Firefox 3.
Skype has announced their 4.0 beta release, with the typical amount of hype and intentionally misleading propaganda (see below for details).