Although Skype is not trustworthy due to alarming security issues I still use it sometimes because it is very spread among my friends, comes in an (old) Linux version and there is no real and good working jabber/jingle client at the moment.
Besides the security problems of Skype there is also only poor audio support for the Linux version: only OSS is available as output, resulting in problems running Skype together with other audio applications (or daemons like artsd) at the same time on standard hardware (which has no hardware mixer). So I decided to ask the Skype support if there will be a new version soon – the answer was very disappointing:
Thank you for contacting Skype Support.
We are working on adding compatibility to other platforms and operating systems but at this time we do not have any release date information. Please stay tuned to http://www.skype.com for more information
Florian | Skype Technical Customer Support
Sure, the news that they are working on it is nice, but keep in mind that this is the answer of the customer support – they would never ever answer something like “we do not support it anymore”, they wouldn’t be allowed to do that. This message reads more like a default answer conceiling the fact that they will not update their skype version anytime soon – or at all.
That’s sad, but not surprising – Skype has shown a lack of interest in Linux for months now, and no sign at all that this will change. The documentation is not even as “young” as the Skype version itself – the only positive thing is that the rpms are provided as a yum repository in these days which was not from the beginning afaik.
Hopefully the first jingle capable clients are released soon, I really want to get rid of Skype…