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    Re: Skype... Now with tabs

    I agree with treesurf, but I have a little issue which makes using your program a bit nervous in the long run. The tabs and the settings opens up fine and such. But when I have one (or several) chat tabs open, the window list which belongs to the Skype chat window starts to flash constantly. It flashes with an interval of maybe 0.1 seconds and this flashing continues on every program in the whole window list. It flashes in a white colour, which covers the whole "indicator" for the previous mentioned short interval. edit: forgot to mention that the flashing only occurs when opening the new chat window.
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    Ubuntu 10.10, skype 2.1.0.81.
    Maybe matters, I am using xinerama with a quad-monitor setup. fglrx 10.12.

    edit: I tried to reproduce the issue, and now it's only the skype chat window list which is affected...
    Last edited by olof_; December 26th, 2010 at 11:04 AM. Reason: adding information

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    Re: Skype... Now with tabs

    i have a question, once u open skype and start chatting with someone how do u show your camera or see theirs? there is no view/show button or anything...

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    Re: Skype... Now with tabs

    I just tried this out. Great idea and well needed, although it's still a bit buggy so I'm not keen to start using it full-time yet:
    - Issue olof_ mentioned with flashing in the window list
    - If you close a tab, it's impossible to open another conversation with that person.
    - A tab closed itself randomly at the same time as I closed a completely unrelated window (a Thunar window). Not sure if this was coincidence.

    Edit: another solution is using Pidgin's Skype plugin, which also provides other nice features like logging conversations and group chats in plain text in a sensible hierarchy, although it has its limitations: doesn't support file transfer so you need to go back to Skype to do that, and Pidgin's always been buggy as hell so the comfort factor isn't any higher.
    Last edited by gaz514; May 18th, 2011 at 02:25 PM.

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    Re: Skype... Now with tabs

    Quote Originally Posted by gaz514 View Post
    I just tried this out. Great idea and well needed, although it's still a bit buggy so I'm not keen to start using it full-time yet:
    - Issue olof_ mentioned with flashing in the window list
    - If you close a tab, it's impossible to open another conversation with that person.
    - A tab closed itself randomly at the same time as I closed a completely unrelated window (a Thunar window). Not sure if this was coincidence.

    Edit: another solution is using Pidgin's Skype plugin, which also provides other nice features like logging conversations and group chats in plain text in a sensible hierarchy, although it has its limitations: doesn't support file transfer so you need to go back to Skype to do that, and Pidgin's always been buggy as hell so the comfort factor isn't any higher.
    Why waste your time? Skype will probably be dead for Linux in a year or so.

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    Re: Skype... Now with tabs

    Quote Originally Posted by beew View Post
    Why waste your time? Skype will probably be dead for Linux in a year or so.
    Just because MS owns it now does not mean they are just going to drop Linux support. The work has already been done to make it cross platform, so it is in their best interest to have it available on as many platforms as possible.
    Do you folks like coffee?

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    Re: Skype... Now with tabs

    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenKingpin View Post
    Just because MS owns it now does not mean they are just going to drop Linux support. The work has already been done to make it cross platform, so it is in their best interest to have it available on as many platforms as possible.
    I hope you are right, but what does "cross platform" mean for MS? I am not sure if it would be in their best interest to support Linux and of course "best interest" is not based on your or my judgment.

    In any case, it is better to have alternatives just in case (and it is not a remote scenario). Why put all your eggs in someone else's basket?

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    Re: Skype... Now with tabs

    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenKingpin View Post
    Just because MS owns it now does not mean they are just going to drop Linux support. The work has already been done to make it cross platform, so it is in their best interest to have it available on as many platforms as possible.
    Since when has MS been good at figuring out what was in their best interest?
    I had to do it.

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    Re: Skype... Now with tabs

    Ya know, I find the whole "Micro$oft hates Linux and would never support it!" funny because a few years back they contributed 20000 lines of code to the kernel, they support Linux guests in their virtualization products and more recently, they started supporting CentOS.

    So... what were you guys saying about Microsoft not supporting Linux?

    PS: By MS, do you mean Mark Shuttleworth, Mississippi or Microsoft? Because all three of those can be abbreviated as MS
    Use what works out best for you, whether it be Windows, Mac OS X or Linux. It isn't rocket science.

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    Re: Skype... Now with tabs

    Tried it now, and I must say that the project really have matured!
    None of the above mentioned bugs persist and it just works. great job!

    (see http://code.google.com/p/skypetab/issues/detail?id=5 for a slight design suggestion of mine.)

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    Re: Skype... Now with tabs

    This doesn't work for me, I open it and it flashes some windows and does nothing.

    I tried opening it with the terminal and this is my output:


    Code:
    bewbman@bewbman-desktop:~$ skypetab
    
    Unhandled Exception: System.TypeInitializationException: An exception was thrown by the type initializer for X11.X ---> System.DllNotFoundException: libX11.so
      at (wrapper managed-to-native) X11.X:XOpenDisplay (intptr)
      at X11.X..cctor () [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0 
      --- End of inner exception stack trace ---
      at SkypeTab.Globals.Main (System.String[] args) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0 
    bewbman@bewbman-desktop:~$ X Error of failed request:  BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)
      Major opcode of failed request:  20 (X_GetProperty)
      Resource id in failed request:  0x2e00003
      Serial number of failed request:  90
      Current serial number in output stream:  90

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