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Skype 4.0 for Linux

First off, we’d like to thank our Skype for Linux users for your patience awaiting Skype 4.0 for Linux, codenamed ‘Four Rooms for Improvement,’ which is now available. With this release, we have finally filled the gap with our other desktop clients and we are now making many of the latest Skype features, as well as a lot of UI improvements, available to our penguin lovers.



You will find four major changes in this release:

  1. We have a new Conversations View where users can easily track all of their chats in a unified window. Those users who prefer the old view can disable this in the Chat options;
  2. We have a brand new Call View;
  3. Call quality has never been better thanks to several investments we made in improving audio quality; and
  4. We’ve worked on improving video call quality and have also extended support for more cameras.

Of course, we have loads of other small improvements and fixes. As you can imagine, the list is so long it would take too much time to write it all, but some are worthy of mention:

  • improved chat synchronization
  • new presence and emoticon icons
  • the ability to store and view phone numbers in a Skype contact’s profile
  • much lower chance Skype for Linux will crash or freeze
  • chat history loading is now much faster
  • support for two new languages: Czech (flag:cz) and Norwegian (flag:no)

Note, the very first time you start Skype for Linux 4.0 might take a few minutes (depending on how lengthy your chat history is). Please do not close Skype during this time. Subsequent starts will load much more quickly.



So what are you waiting for? Try the new version of Skype for Linux and let us know what you like and what you don’t like. Please report any issues or share your feedback in our Support Network or our public issue tracker so we can make the Skype for Linux experience even better.



Marco, KC and the Linux team



Skype for Linux is available in the following languages:

Brazilian Portuguese (Eduardo Porto Teixeira), Bulgarian (Nikolay Filipov & Nikolina Filipova), Czech (Alexandr Kara), Estonian, French (Cédric Lamouche), German (Claudius Henrichs), Italian (Marco Cimmino), Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian (Viktoras Kriukovas), Norwegian (Alexander Stevenson), Polish (Karol Szastok), Portuguese (Francisco Miguel Ferreira), Romanian, Russian (Pavel Shevchuk), Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish (Ömer Emin Dede), Ukrainian (Oleh Nykyforchyn)



Update 17.06.2012:
Generic packages are now available.

397 thoughts on “Skype 4.0 for Linux

  1. jgrnst said 2 years ago

    Thank you very much indeed!!!

    So far the new version appears to work well, although the video quality was slightly better in the old version (perhaps, due to the fact that the window was smaller).

    Are there any plans to provide a 64 bit version for Fedora?

  2. valery_levanchuk said 2 years ago

    Thanks for user friendly interface.
    But new version have some strange security issues for my opinion.
    And i have some troubles with OS stability with this product on openSuSe.
    I rolled back to the old beta version.

  3. tmikulcek said 2 years ago

    Finally!
    We have waited way too long for this. I already accepted that Skype for Linux is dead and buried. Thanks for proving me wrong.

  4. jabbsi said 2 years ago

    Hi there, I’ve apparently installed Skype for Linux (v4) but it doesn’t show on the Ubuntu menus/search anywhere (no shortcut to it in other words). Any ideas?

    Thanks!

  5. ttkaminski said 2 years ago

    Version 4.0.0.8 was released today!

  6. chris.stoeger1 said 2 years ago

    i cant hear my own voice if i want to call someone else,what i have to do???

  7. maixuantruong777 said 2 years ago

    Skype 4.0.0.8 don’t work in ubuntu 10.10 hic

  8. manpacket said 2 years ago

    New version of skype is broken in may ways:

    1) Before i could insert newlines and send messages by using Ctrl-Enter and Enter, now it’s just either Enter to send a message with no obvious way to insert a newline or Enter for a newline and Ctrl-Enter to send.

    But I Do want to be able to insert newlines and I Do want to be able to send messages just by Enter. Like it was in version 2.1

    2) Either i have single chat window for all my chats with WM_WINDOW_ROLE attribute (with useless vertical-only recent chats tab) or I can have multiple chat windows without WM_WINDOW_ROLE attribute.

    I’d like to be able to open several chat windows with WM_WINDOW_ROLE and tabs for them with active (not recent!) chats. Again – like it was in version 2.1, but with active tabs.

    3) This new single-window chat view is inconsistent: I have to click a button to open/close pane on the right, but I have to drag to open/close that useless recent chat tab.

    4) It uses 2% cpu just by sitting in background and doing nothing! And that’s high-end i7 we are speaking about.

    5) Overall visual style is very inconsistent with how usual program in linux looks like. I understand that in MS world every program must looks different – cool, fancy and so on, but that’s Linux.

    I think I’ll upgrade back to pre-Skype Linux 2.2.

  9. dominalien said 2 years ago

    Skype 4.0 works fine for me, just like 2.2 and all the other versions did for me before. I guess I’m lucky

    However, what I wanted to say is: please, please, PLEASE don’t make S4L’s interface more the way it is on other systems. I really appreciate the small contact list window. Just now I upgraded to 5.8 on my Mac from 2.8 (due to screen sharing not working on Lion any more) and I really don’t like it. Much bigger window, cluttered, encouraging me to make it even bigger (and the UI froze as I was trying to resize it). Went back to 2.8 very quickly.

  10. amikot said 2 years ago

    Skype 4 is verry good version.
    In my opinion its much better than 2.2.

    Im heppy that dev team is still working, and im waiting for skype 5 with multi video support.

  11. grzemach said 2 years ago

    in Skype 4.0.0.8 (Ubuntu 12.04 i386), is not showing cash on account – it’s show in webpage and in mobile version, it was in show in Skype version 2.x (latest). But currently i have 0.00 (and there is some cash )

  12. esaxon said 2 years ago

    Hi,

    Works fine under Ubuntu 12.04, 64 bit, except one quite annoying issue: if I get a call, and I respond it, the call does not start but hangs. I can call back the one that called, but it is quite annoying. I have ALSA sound system on (removed Pulseaudio since it was not working under Skype 2.x.

    Any ideas about this possible bug?

    Thanks

  13. luigi160284 said 2 years ago

    Just…thank you!!!

  14. luigi160284 said 2 years ago

    why not add this trick by default to solve camera issue:
    _____________________________________
    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=Skype
    Comment=Skype Internet Telephony
    Exec=/sbin/skype_preload
    Icon=skype.png
    Terminal=0
    Type=Application
    Encoding=UTF-8
    Categories=Network;Application;
    ________________________________

    #!/bin/bash
    export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/v4l1compat.so
    exec skype

  15. lars.radtke said 2 years ago

    No more multiple instances?
    On Linux I always use 2 instances of skype, business and private.
    With 4.0 there are no more multiple instances possible any more?
    As a paying customer, I would like this feature back!

  16. lars.radtke said 2 years ago

    Oh and the uberfeature I would like to see:
    A menu option that shows me actual amount of clients logged in.

  17. giacomomil said 2 years ago

    Thank you guys.

  18. diogo.mvieira said 2 years ago

    Congrats Marco and all Skype Team! Finally a beautiful and useful software!

  19. apellion1 said 2 years ago

    I need advice,how do I hide the Skype Call window to tray in Kubuntu,because if I click X,conversation ends,and the conversation icon in taskbar really annoys me,and interferes with my activities…

  20. andreas.schamanek said 2 years ago

    For the missing dialpad issue I created a bug report: https://jira.skype.com/browse/SCL-874

  21. lars.radtke said 2 years ago

    thanks
    and a minor annoyance
    I am using 6 monitors, skype runs on the upper right one, but every new windows opens on the upper left one. Would be appreciated if any dialog window would start on the actual monitor where the mouse or client list is. (Use skype4pidgin anyway)

  22. dorianscholz said 2 years ago

    Hi Marco,

    thank you and your team for this very nice new version.
    I think you did a great job with the new interface.
    It is not as bloated as the windows version and users can still choose to use the old interface if they want to.
    But for me the new interface is working nicely, especially with the ‘pop-out/in’ of individual chats (most people probably haven’t even found this)…

    As for stability, I cannot complain, but then again I never had issues with that in the older versions.

    Cheers,
    Dorian

  23. nael_luciano said 2 years ago

    framework in the next version will have the last skype has windows interface and integration with facebook I think it would be more just to be level in all platforms I hope your answer thanks.

  24. viljacik said 2 years ago

    Thank you! Version 4.0.0.8 works fine on Ubuntu 11.04.

  25. enstarllc said 2 years ago

    Hi,
    We had horrible problems with 4.0.0.8 on Ubuntu 12.04 on a 32-bit platform using a MS Life-Cam VX-5000

    The Picture-in-Picture (embedded video) caused rapid flashing of the Skype video window: eventually after a few minutes causing the entire machine to lock up – mouse and keyboard – requiring a hard restart.

    Pretty bad on a machine that has been stable for a couple of years and has worked it way up from Ubuntu 8. Surely it is bad practice to force an update without provision to roll back if it doesn’t work out.

    We have manually reverted to the Static version of 2.2 which was completely stable for us, and have turned off (I hope) checking for updates on start up.

    What a complete shambles: here is the download link –
    http://download.skype.com/linux/skype_static-2.2.0.35.tar.bz2

  26. enstarllc said 2 years ago

    Hi,

    I would report problems in the ‘bug tracker’ if I could find it.

    Where is the ‘bug tracker’?

  27. alberto.pompeo said 2 years ago

    Segmentation fault on launch – Skype

    before i was using skype 2 with slitaz 4 and works well. today i plan to upgrade skype version and download Skype Dynamic version and extract it. but when i try to execute gives error “Segmentation fault”.

    any idea about it?

  28. gtsarouchas said 2 years ago

    Thiw version was long expected but it really was a big disappointment for me.
    I’m running Kubuntu 12.04 LTS 32bit.
    I have installed the .deb package (i know its for 10.04) and had a sign in failure every time i tried to connect (the proof for inserting the right password is this comment)
    Then I’ve tried the dynamic version, which yield the same response.
    Eventualy I’ve used the static version to find out that the situation remained unchanged.

    • Marco Cimmino said 2 years ago

      @gtsarouchas
      Are you behind a VPN? Because there is an issue reported by users where Skype cannot sign-in when behind it.

  29. gtsarouchas said 2 years ago

    plz ignore my last msg.
    It was a permitions problem on the file system that it was keeping skype from writting on the .Skype folder
    Thank you

  30. guardlight.yl said 2 years ago

    I get to this post only now because only now I have been ambushed by Skype’s silent update. This is not nice, especially since the “check updates on startup box” was unchecked in my settings. Not that I necessarily want back, but an app should respect the wish of the computer owner. I want to retain ultimate control over what software and what version is running on my system to make sure it plays nice with the stuff that is critically important to me.

    I am sure you did a lot of improvements under the hood, but I find the new user interface to be worse than the old one. Too much eye-candy for my taste. It eats up more display real estate to give me less information. A bit of digging into the preferences and I was able to shrink/hide some of the bloat away, but the video window is still a problem. Where can I get the good old version back?

    • Marco Cimmino said 2 years ago

      @guardlight.yl and to all Ubuntu users:
      there has been NO Skype’s silent update and 4.0 has been out for 1.5 months and not just few days. What you got is Canonical’s update of Skype package together with all the others updates.
      To revert to an old version of the package check your package manager or install Synaptic.

  31. nael_luciano said 2 years ago

    @marco cimmino

    not pay any attention to these people incredulous your work is top instead of thanking those who died skype linux not get to complain and criticize the UI when 80% of Linux users have a dream to skype windows interface look like children crying and my prayers hopefully equal GUI on all platforms is carried out is fair and dream of that day

  32. nael_luciano said 2 years ago

    we skype linux version 5.0
    we skype linux version 5.0
    we skype linux version 5.0
    we skype linux version 5.0
    we skype linux version 5.0
    we skype linux version 5.0
    we skype linux version 5.0
    we skype linux version 5.0

    please please please……..

  33. juanayup said 2 years ago

    “moldovanpatriot commented Thursday, Jun 14
    Thank Microsoft. Keep moving”
    Nice joke!

    I’ve enjoyed so much Skype 4.0 that I decided to move permanently to Google Talk.
    Skype isn’t what used to be.

  34. dpl_skype said 2 years ago

    Hi Marco!
    I just have install Skype 4.0.0.8 and it have not video calls button. In “Options-Video devices” the camera is working good.
    What’s a problem?

    • Marco Cimmino said 2 years ago

      @dpl_skype
      You need to establish a call first to be able to start video or set auto-start video option in Options->Video devices

  35. veaceslav.vasilache said 2 years ago

    Good new improvements. But I really need multiple instances, the –secondary switch. And the history in one place.
    I have to downgrade (((

  36. emrys_roberts said 2 years ago

    Works great for me – thanks

    > lsb_release -ds; uname -mr
    Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS
    2.6.32-41-generic x86_64

    > uname -a
    Linux 2.6.32-41-generic #94-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jul 6 18:00:34 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux

  37. emrys_roberts said 2 years ago

    Works great for me.
    Dell Studio 1737, Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS, 2.6.32-41-generic x86_64.

    Corrected a problem I had where I could not see the local webcam during a video call. I couldn’t see if I was in shot or not!

  38. souldrop said 2 years ago

    Just updated to skype 4.0.0.8 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 32bit and now skype doesn’t go through the company proxy anymore. It’s a simple HTTP proxy that used to work flawlessly before.

    Whether I put it explicitely in the network preferences or I leave it to skype itself to utomatically discover the proxy, it doesn’t work, whilst it used to before the update.

  39. dpl_skype said 2 years ago

    @Marco Cimmino
    Thank you, Marco!
    I was a little blind.

  40. mcburri said 2 years ago

    Skype team, please fix this bug:
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/skype/+bug/754162
    It’s still persists in Skype 4.x

  41. magoafono said 2 years ago

    Please, add the ability to have multiple chat windows [like 2.x versions] instead of a single one!

    Thank you very much!

    • Marco Cimmino said 2 years ago

      @magoafono – please before adding a comment would you at least _read_ the post and see that this is already available?

  42. marcosmnogueira said 2 years ago

    uname -a:
    Linux hp-laptop 3.2.0-29-generic #46-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jul 27 17:03:23 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    Kubuntu 12.04 – KDE 4.8.4 – Skype 4.0.0.8

    I was having problems with sound in Skype, which were solved by just deleting the .pulse directory from my home folder. After rebooting I noticed that the PulseAudio daemon was running, so I set PulseAudio for all devices in Skype and now all is working fine.

    Thanks for this superb product.

    HTH

  43. nexus.unplugged said 2 years ago

    I was super excited when my update manager told me there was an update to Skype. I really was. It made my day.

    Then I installed it. I immediately wanted to curl up in a ball and weep. Every single change to the UI was a step backward. And I do mean every SINGLE change, with the single exception of moving the default download directory into options. It always annoyed me that I had to be sent a file in order to be given the option to change the download directory. Other than that, though, everything was a disappointment. The new “conversation view” opens at about 150px tall. I can resize it, but the next one comes up just as tiny. The “Not Available” status, which I used all the time, is gone. Most of my contacts use Skype on Linux as well, so they were able to see that status. Something is wrong with the icon so it’s bigger than it should be, and doesn’t completely fit in the task bar. I found a 64-bit .deb for 2.2, but half my computers are still 32-bit, and are out of luck.

    I want to keep using Skype. I really do. Many of my friends and contacts haven’t seen the light of Google Talk, so Skype is the only way I can get in touch with them. My little rant here wasn’t meant to be totally negative, even if it may have come off that way. I’m being completely serious when I say that every single aspect of the 2.x UI was perfect, and nothing needed to be changed. I simply can’t use Skype 4.

    Still, at least it’s not Skype 5 for Windows.

  44. magoafono said 2 years ago

    @Marco Cimmino – Sorry Marco I just see the option! At least for me the caption is not very clear… (use default view)
    Maybe useful to add “Multiple chat windows” or something like that to help user to choose the chat view?
    Thank you

  45. itosda_tech_partner said 2 years ago

    I havent read this entire blog because its massive. Some kind of sorting of the contents would be really helpful. Maybe a forum section on Skype 4 for Linux? Is there one?

    My two pence is this: Skype as a phone application Needs to be able to ring on one sound card and chat on another. The fact that Skype 4 only exposes a single audio output stream to pulse audio, and that it only exposes it when a call comes in, shows that the Skype developers dont really understand Pulse audio.

    I personally had to return to Skype 2.2 because Skype 4 doesnt work with my usb headphones (and I found out this is only the case when I set the riniging from my laptop and talk from my headphones. Why would anyone want a phone to ring in their headphones?)

    Also, the other glaringly missing tool with skype is a pause button, for making calls that involve extensions, direct from the phone book. There have been hundreds of comments about this on the Skype forum, and no employee from Skype ever got involved. a “Platinum Member” tried to make an argument that the Skype telephony subsystem didnt support “pause”, but the members of the forum pointed out that since it is possible to dial the extension manually once the call is connected, the pause functionality could be implemented purely in the client application. At this point al response from “skype” people dried up. I dont understand the difficulty of implementing something like this. Its a few hours coding work. I also dont understand why such a hugely subscribed thread for something so obviously practical was ignored by Skype.

    The basic Skype product, p2p telephony and audio encoding is amazing. The pricing is very good value, and I quite simply could not afford to run my business without Skype. So.. Thank you so much for your time and your company.

    Regards,

    ITOSDA

    • Marco Cimmino said 2 years ago

      @itosda_tech_partner
      1. notification stream not handled correctly is a bug, fixed in next release
      2. pause/resume a call: hit H (Hold) when Call View is in focus. You can find this (and more) shortcut in the README file present under /usr/share/doc/skype/

  46. g1l3sp said 2 years ago

    @Marco and company: thank you for all your work keeping the Skype client for Linux moving forward! Much appreciated.

  47. garthdwiebe said 2 years ago

    Skype 4.0.0.8 did not work for me (openSUSE 12.1 64-bit, Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision SE Webcam via USB), no input sound (microphone), it freezes for a long time on the “Options” menu, and I don’t like the new GUI. Fortunately, I had saved the RPM and downgraded back to 2.2.0.35 which worked fine 99% of the time (a few crashes and few glitches selecting webcam microphone/video here and there).

    Feel free to contact me. If you downgrade to Skype 2.2, the old version requires xorg-x11-libXv-32bit but the RPM doesn’t properly call it up, so you need to install that first.

    I didn’t save the Skype 2.2 .deb file for my Xubuntu 10.04 laptop (did “aptitude clean”), so if anyone has that, please contact me, because I want it. The Ubuntu repositories are loaded with 4.0.0.8 now, so if I were to upgrade, I wouldn’t be able to back it down.

  48. juniorsnet said 2 years ago

    Great work!

  49. mihaitzateo said 2 years ago

    Easy mode to use 2 instances of skype under Linux:
    start the usual instance with the shortcut from desktop,with the current loged in user.
    Open a terminal,switch to another user and open from there another instance of skype.

  50. garthdwiebe said 2 years ago

    Further to my Aug 20 comment, I found a couple of .deb files for Skype 2.2.0.35, one of them with “Maverick” in the file name, which I would assume originated from the Ubuntu 10.10 repositories.

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