[ubuntu-uk] Skype with video now on linux

Josh Blacker jkblacker at gmail.com
Thu Nov 8 11:17:12 GMT 2007

On Thu, 2007-11-08 at 11:07 +0000, Rob Beard wrote:
> Quoting Anders Jacobsen <andersja+lists-ubuntu-uk at gmail.com>:
> > Users and Maintainers of video drivers around the world, take note: Skype is
> > now in beta with video support. I foresee a rush of bugs and launchpad
> > requests for video drivers as people dig out old webcams out of the closet
> > (I will!)
> >
> > Long awaited, despite it's non-free status, let's take it as a symptom that
> > linux has a larger user base than BBC insinuates...
> >
> > Announcement:
> > http://share.skype.com/sites/linux/2007/11/skype_20_beta_for_linux_with_video.html
> > Changelog: https://developer.skype.com/LinuxSkype
> > Download .deb that's click and play to install in Ubuntu:
> > http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-beta-ubuntu
> >
> Ooh, thats good news.  I've been trying to get my webcam working with  
> Ekiga but for some reason I can't get it to talk to a Windows machine.  
>   This will hopefully solve all that. (In a proprietary way, not ideal  
> but if it works I'll use it).
> Rob

At least they're supporting Linux and show that you can support Linux in
the same way as your other users on other OSs, even if it is non-free.

It makes business sense for Skype as well - given that they're building
on p2p networking, the more users they have the better service they can
provide, something the BBC would do well to bear in mind with iPlayer.


More information about the ubuntu-uk mailing list