October 7th, 2007 by Keith

Skype for Linux 1.4 Gold Released

Posted in Audio, Business Software, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Video, Web Apps, Windows

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It has been a long time since I provide the latest news of any latest software release. This time, I hope to introduce Skype for Linux 1.4 Gold, codename Panacea.

The choice of this codename is in contention with a Greek mythology; Paacea, daughter of Asclepius, God of Medicine, and the granddaughter of Apollo, God of Healing, is a goddess of cures. And thus, the name is chosen for this version of Skype for Linux – in compairson of the improved voice call quality.

According to the developer, it is highly recommended that Linux users upgrade to this version of Skype for Linux, as several bugs have been squashed after its alpha and pre-release version report was compiled.

Here are some new features which Linux users can expect from this version:

  • -: Command line switches, run “skype —help” for more details.
  • -: —resources= to set an alternative to /usr/share/skype for resources.
  • -: Add an option to Sound Devices to enable/disable automatic mixer adjustment.
  • -: Allow keyboard/keypad to be used to enter DTMF numbers in call window.
  • -: Clickable links in chat topics.
  • -: Tooltips for emoticons in the chat window.
  • -: Chat toolbar with Add People, Send File(s) to Chat, History and Leave Chat buttons.
  • -: Confirmation dialog for Leave Chat button.
  • -: Drag-and-drop files to chat input box to send files to chat.
  • -: Drag-and-drop files to individual contacts in chat or contact list to send files.
  • -: Drag-and-drop users from contact list into chat input box to send contacts.
  • -: Drag-and-drop users from contact list into chat memberlist to add to chat.
  • -: Dragging of contacts into other programs (text entry) will copy skype:.
  • -: File transfer menu.
  • -: Auto-accept file transfers.
  • -: “Cleanup transfers” button.
  • -: Key ‘F6’ to bring main window focus instantly to Quickfilter.
  • -: Interface language choice in Options based on translation files available (restart required).
  • -: “New version available” dialog.

Though this may be a great improvement over its predecessor, but some other nice features are still lacking, e.g. video support. Nevertheless, hopefully Skype can improve on some areas which members are seeking for within the Linux community.

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