After almost 9 months of development, rumours, frustration, hope, absence of hope, resurrection of hope and killing of hope again I’m somewhat happy to announce the arrival of Skype for Linux 184.108.40.206 beta!
Since it is a beta its main purpose is to collect a lot of feedback from you, folks. Come and get it [here](http://skype.com/download/skype/linux/13beta.html). I’ll briefly list major changes below, and feel free to tell me about anything that doesn’t work as expected, or even at all
Well, you certainly know about this – this was the main reason for launching 1.3 and it became its main issue. It’s now pretty stable and therefore possible to show it to the world finally. You will find a selector to switch between ALSA and OSS in the Options menu, Sound Devices tab. Switching between ALSA and OSS might require a restart of Skype, switching call device in ALSA and OSS should be effective immediately (just don’t think it will work inside an active call — it will not).
]]>### Public API
The dbus support haven’t grown much since last time, we’re still with good ol’ 0.23 — this is sad. On the bright side, parsing of many commands has been improved and some nasty bugs fixed. We also have X11 API now, and I will prepare a demo application that shows how to use it soon.
### Graphics and sounds
Latest-greatest emoticons as well as flags are supported in this release. The graphic look of the program itself was refreshed, it looks a bit more sharp now. New sounds are in place, but due to a small bug they might click at the end — please test and tell if they click for you or not.
### Mood messages
Mood messages are now supported, you can set your own in the profile editor (under Full Name) and you can view others’ ones in profile viewer (right click on contact -> View Profile).
There are many smaller bugfixes in the [change log](http://skype.com/download/skype/linux/changelog.html), and even smaller ones that didn’t make it into the list
All in all it’s a major milestone. It will relieve many and grieve some, but I’m optimistically waiting for your feedback.