> 64-bit Support!
> High Quality Video
> An Updated UI
It's time the weight of the Ubuntu population put it's foot down on the terrible support, and lack of updates provided by eBay's Skype.
Developers: Please attempt to contact Skype & offer your support in helping with the release of further updates. If they would provide us with a module we could build on, by providing us with a way of integrating with the program beyond the API, this would help us develop on our own.
I think skype is not supporting Linux because it is not their priority. Maintaining a linux package is not that difficult. Many Debian/Ubuntu developers maintain hundreds of packages and they do that for free in their free time. It should not be an issue to Skype to hire a single guy to maintain several (maybe just two or three) linux packages for the few major distributions. Simply, linux is not priority for Skype.
I think using Skype in linux is BAD, even if it has technical advantages, because it is non-free and used a proprietary protocol. I think it is bad because linux is what it is because it is free software and used open protocols.
I personally use SIP (ekiga, etc.):
- you are free to use the provider you like, even many of them at the same time. There are plenty SIP providers that offer much better prices than Skype (last time I checked).
- you can use the software you like for your PC, PDA, etc.
- you can communicate with anyone, no matter what provider they use (just like e-mail).
- you do not have to pressure your friends to use non-free software and secret protocols to communicate with you.
If Skype is technically superior to SIP (I do not know) then you better pressure SIP developers to match Skype functionality. This is the right path in the Linux world and the best bet for users.
AndrewLuecke, Nobody is forcing anybody here, this is just a place to brainstorm. This is a place to express one's opinion, jjchico's that Skype is bad because it's proprietary and untrustworthy (I agree) and others who think Skype may benefit from providing better linux support.
I do agree that Skype might become more popular and more widely adopted if there was better linux support for things like 64Bit, video chats, and better usability. That said though, the linux advocate inside of me will always prefer an open source alternative to an equal proprietary one.