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Skype will go open source on Linux

Details are scarce
Tue Nov 03 2009, 15:34

THE FREE VOIP AND CHAT service Skype announced yesterday that it's developing an open source version of its client software that runs under Linux.

Skype developer Stanislav Karchebny (whose screen name is Berkus), said in a blog post, "Yes, there's an open source version of Linux client being developed. This will be a part of a larger offering, but we can't tell you much about that right now."

Although Skype has confirmed that the user interface will go open sauce, customers expressed concerns in comments on the announcement that Skype's Internet protocol software might remain closed.

"Having an open-source user interface will help us get adopted in the multicultural land of Linux distributions, as well as on other platforms, and will speed up further development. We will update you once more details are available," said Karchebny.

Comments from Skype's customer services reportedly suggest that the open source version will be available in the "nearest future", however users are already asking the company to name a date.

The Skype client software for Linux came out in 2004. µ


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