New Skype Linux Beta improves picture and sound quality
After over a year of silence from Skype's Linux developers since even a minor update to the Skype Linux client and over two years since the last major update was revealed, a new beta release of Skype for Linux has been made available. The new version 2.1 Beta uses the Skype SILK codec which should bring better quality audio, even on low bandwidth connections. It also now supports high quality video and can make use of PulseAudio. SMS messaging is now available, as is the ability to organise contacts into groups. The chat functionality has also been enhanced with better indications of typing, message editing and new emoticons.
The release notes detail the known issues with the new Beta version and details all the improvements made to the client. The software, which is under a proprietary license, is available to download for Ubuntut 8.04 and later versions, Debian Lenny, Fedora 9 and later, openSUSE 11, and as a generic, statically or dynamically linked binary.