Skype on Ubuntu - The Same Old Trash

Skype on Ubuntu - The Same Old Trash

Summary: I just lost my mind and decided to try loading Skype on the laptop running Ubuntu. Well, I didn't really lose my mind, but curiosity got the best of me.

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I just lost my mind and decided to try loading Skype on the laptop running Ubuntu. Well, I didn't really lose my mind, but curiosity got the best of me. Perhaps the Linux version is a bit better than the Windows version?

I searched the Synaptic Package Manager, and didn't find Skype, so I had to download it from the Skype web site. It installed ok, appeared to start normally, and the one contact I am still interested in on Skype showed up as "Away", which is already better than the Windows Skype can do, since it generally shows him as not being online, regardless of whether he is or not. Unfortunately, that was where the good news stopped.

When I finally found the "Options" menu, and changed some of the settings to increase privacy, then clicked "Apply", Skype crashed. Sigh. I started it again, and saw that the changes had not been saved. I made the same changes, and this time "Apply" didn't crash it. Then I noticed that my friend was now showing as offline - although I am sure he is not, he's still shown as "Away" on Gizmo5 - so they obviously still have the Skype Presence bug in the Linux version as well. That's not a big surprise, since I suspect that particular bug is in their vastly overloaded "SuperNode" system.

So, it's back in the trash bin with Skype, where it belongs, on Ubuntu as on Windows.

jw 2/6/2008

Topic: Linux

J.A. Watson

About J.A. Watson

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.

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  • Skype on Ubuntu - The Same Old Trash

    Install the Medibuntu repository and Skype becomes available in Ubuntu
    arochester