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    Re: why is skype still available for Linux

    utox.org - Future open source Skype alternative.
    Distroshare - New remastersys alternative

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    Re: why is skype still available for Linux

    Microsoft, like many larger corporations, has figured out that some (maybe most) acquisitions work best when they are left alone. They've largely left Skype alone, and apparently the people who run Skype decided that after you subtract the cost of maintaining the Linux version from the revenue garnered from Linux users the remaining profit is accretive. Linux maybe only be 2% of the market, but if that translates into 1 million subscribers (probably close to the real number), you don't need very many to pay for the extra features to more than cover the costs of the linux port.

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    Re: why is skype still available for Linux

    full featured Skype costs money, and they don't need to lose any customers. just my guess.

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    Re: why is skype still available for Linux

    Heck. Actually MS didn't own Skype. They only bought some share from Skype, and with their conditions as main IM to MS.
    Just like Apple, MS bought a share to Apple --that's why Apple surivived during 90's.

    Skype can do what ever they want as well with Apple, as still the SKYPE and the Apple company is
    composed with a CEO and a board of directors.
    Both companies are being a good arms with MS.

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    Re: why is skype still available for Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by kyme View Post
    Just like Apple, MS bought a share to Apple --that's why Apple surivived during 90's.

    Popular, and false, myth.

    In 1997 Microsoft invested $150 million in Apple and made a five-year commitment to release Office for Macintosh. In return, Apple backed off the longstanding patent suit it had brought against Microsoft asserting Windows infringed Apple patents.

    The size of Microsoft's investment was insignificant compared with Apple's market cap at the time and played no real role in the company's future.

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    Re: why is skype still available for Linux

    and it is the most reliable i have found so far.
    The only dumb question is the one not asked.

    In service to the Dream

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