Skype for Linux 1.4 Alpha release
Today, we have released Skype for Linux 1.4 Alpha, a test version which will give you a sneak-peek into how the next major release for Linux will function.
Alpha means that this version is still under development and only experienced users should try it out.
As we have already done with Windows and Mac we are opening things up a bit for you. So we have created a public issue tracker for Skype for Linux.
You can get more info on this release from our Linux blog.
Skype for Linux 1.4 can be downloaded from following locations:
]]>To use Skype for Linux 1.4 you need to be atleast on:
* ALSA-supported sound device.
* glibc 2.4
* Software (for static release)
* sigc++ 2.0
* Software (for dynamic release)
* Qt 4.2.x
* Qt 4.2.3 contains a bug that if [http://www.trolltech.com/developer/task-tracker/index_html?method=entry&id=153635 unpatched] will cause expanded contact details to be displayed incorrectly.
* Qt 4.3.0-beta is considered not yet release worthy, and may cause unpredictable side-effects with the Skype 1.4 client.
* sigc++ 2.0
As this is a Alpha release then some known problems have managed to find their way into it:
Missing Features in Skype 1.4:
* Contact List Groups
* Creating new accounts is not yet possible.
* Undelivered chat messages are not currently indicated.
* There is no way to mark all events as read/viewed at this time.
* /alertsoff in chats does not currently work as expected.
* OSS support – this will likely return later.
* At this stage, packaged versions are not available. For now, simply move the ‘skype’ executable from the archive into /usr/bin and the sounds into /usr/share/skype/sounds
* If you have a USB device and are getting sound output on one side only, try using the plughw: device in Sound Devices instead.
* If you have a normal sound card, we recommend using the Default sound device for now. Sound output to hw: specific or plughw: specific devices may not work for all sound cards, or may result in single-channel playback or loss of sound mixing support on your system.
* Selections behaviour is unpredictable in right-to-left languages.
* Links to URLs without protocol (ie. http://www.skype.net) may not load in the correct program.
* ‘Find’ feature in chat does not have activation keys as yet. You can initiate a find by typing /find and then using / in the chat window to find the next match. Some options in the Find window have not been implemented.
* Resizing chat windows which contain a lot of content, or hiding/unhiding the userlist can be very slow.
* If you have contact info expanded on the main contact list, the list will scroll to this location automatically on any update (even if the contact info was not visible before the update).
* If you have a long display name, this may be displayed in an unusual fashion at the top of your contact list.
* Quickfilter is not yet implemented for event history.
* Loading full event history takes a short time.
* Not all popup notifications have been implemented (for example, calls)
* You have to double-click on chat popups to open the chat currently.
* Progress bar is sometimes incorrect.
* The ‘Open Folder’ icon on the individual complete incoming transfers does not actually open the folder.
* When a transfer fails, it is currently not obvious as to why it failed.
* There is currently no File Overwrite confirmation dialog.
* It is currently not possible to send a file or files to a group of people in one action.
* When you have lots of file transfers and scroll through the list, some horrible overdrawing artifacts can occur.
* Changing between Options screens without saving could lose your new options.
Options are only currently saved on a screen by screen basis. There is currently no warning when you try to change options screens or exit the options dialog with unsaved changes.
* For some people, the Voicemail section may show a constantly scrolling progress bar when they haven’t set a Voicemail message and/or do not have the Voicemail or SkypeIn service.
Newly released build is 188.8.131.52 and changes compared to last 1.3 version are:
* Major user interface overhaul.
* Audio quality has been improved.
* Calls are now contained in a separate window.
* Chat history can be loaded in time-specific increments (rather than ‘recent’ and the very slow, ‘all’)
* File transfers are now grouped in a common window, and similar transfers are also grouped together.
* Event history now contains chats and other events in addition to calls.
* Sound files are now located in /usr/share/skype/sounds. This directory will be configurable later, however the sound files from the original Skype 1.4 package should be placed into this directory for now.
* The top menu bar has been removed. You can access the Main Menu by clicking on the ‘cog wheel’ down the bottom left of the client, or by right-clicking on the system tray icon.
* Add/Search users can be accessed by clicking on the Green + button in the bottom-left corner.
You are welcomed to leave us feedback on our Skype for Linux 1.4 Alpha forum, report issues on issue tracker Jira and read more info and learn how to leave issues to us on our Skype for Linux development page.