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    Skype client going Open Source...

    I just read an interesting article on Slashdot about the Linux Skpye client going opensource soon.
    https://linux.slashdot.org/story/09/...Nearest-Future

    The Site linked to the article is currently down (slashdotted!) But it looks like the main core will be a compiled binary with the rest of the client being open sourced. Which might help with some of the issues people have been having with the Skype client...

    Official Statement from Skype:
    http://share.skype.com/sites/linux/2...en_source.html
    Last edited by solitaire; November 3rd, 2009 at 01:48 AM. Reason: added official statement link
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    Re: Skype client going Open Source...

    Quote Originally Posted by solitaire View Post
    I just read an interesting article on Slashdot about the Linux Skpye client going opensource soon.
    https://linux.slashdot.org/story/09/...Nearest-Future

    The Site linked to the article is currently down (slashdotted!) But it looks like the main core will be a compiled binary with the rest of the client being open sourced. Which might help with some of the issues people have been having with the Skype client...
    I like the sound of that. Hopefully it will get some major improvements.
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    Wait, WHAT? Skype going to be open source?

    (let's see if I'm the first posting this... )

    http://linux.slashdot.org/story/09/1...uture?from=rss

    rysiek writes "Seems like there might be a revolution in the works, as far as VoIP software for Linux is concerned. After mailing Skype support about Skype providing Mandriva RPM packages, Olivier Faurax got an answer which suggests that the Linux Skype client will be open-sourced. After asking for verification of whether that was the case, the tech support answer claimed it is going to happen, and that it's supposed to happen 'in the nearest future.' Now, this probably only means the client (the underlying protocol will probably be handled by a binary-only library), but even if that's the case, it seems like there is still reason to celebrate."

    EDIT: Enough speculation, here is the official statement.
    Last edited by Keyper7; November 2nd, 2009 at 06:55 PM.

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    Re: Wait, WHAT? Skype going to be open source?

    Wow, never expected that! And only the client-ui (not the protocol) seems good enough for me.

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    Re: Wait, WHAT? Skype going to be open source?




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    Re: Wait, WHAT? Skype going to be open source?

    Personally, I would think the library would be far more useful than the client. But who knows.

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    Re: Wait, WHAT? Skype going to be open source?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dougie187 View Post
    Personally, I would think the library would be far more useful than the client. But who knows.
    1. They have to monetize the service somehow.
    2. The most significant thing about open sourcing the client: 64-bit port; ARM port; you name it, someone can make a port for it.
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    Re: Wait, WHAT? Skype going to be open source?

    And in other news, we have a news team on-site: hell has just frozen over!

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    Re: Wait, WHAT? Skype going to be open source?

    Quote Originally Posted by aaaantoine View Post
    2. Two words: 64-bit port.
    Whoohoo! Also, hopefully this means we can make it not suck so much with PulseAudio.
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    Re: Wait, WHAT? Skype going to be open source?

    Quote Originally Posted by aaaantoine View Post
    1. They have to monetize the service somehow.
    2. The most significant thing about open sourcing the client: 64-bit port; ARM port; you name it, someone can make a port for it.
    True, The 64-bit port would be very nice. But that still doesn't change that I think the protocol would be significantly nicer to have than the client. Though you can't get everything.

    And I do understand they are a company trying to make money, and thats why they don't open-source the library, because they still want money.

    Either way this is still helpful.

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