Skype-1.4 on 6.2 (and 7.0-BETA1)

Beech Rintoul beech at
Wed Oct 31 04:07:55 PDT 2007

On Tuesday 30 October 2007, Luigi Rizzo said:
> On Tue, Oct 30, 2007 at 05:25:07PM +0100, Jan Henrik Sylvester 
> > Before, I had skype- on 6.2, which worked.
> >
> > Today, I portupgraded to skype-
> >
> > Now I only get: "Call Failed. Problem with Audio Playback".
> if i remember well the most recent skype use 'alsa' instead of
> oss as audio API, so the problem might be there.
> Too bad the linux version still doesn't have video support so
> there isn't much of an incentive to upgrade, at least for me.

No, Skype released an OSS version for *BSD and Solaris to use with 
linux compatibility. That's what is in the tree now. The main linux 
version is alsa. 

I did test this on 6-stable and didn't find any problems. However, 
skype is known not to play nicely with some sound cards. If I get 
enough reports, I'll put a legacy skype12 version back in the ports 

It does look like skype saw the light and will keep supporting an oss 
version from here forward.

Make sure you read UPDATING if you're planning on upgrading.


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