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Old 06-20-2014, 07:56 AM   #1
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Skype 4.3


Have anyone tried skype 4.3 in Slackware?
I tried yesterday, unfortunately does not support ALSA.
It is useless for audio and video calls.
Is there alternative to installing the pulse audio.
 
Old 06-20-2014, 08:14 AM   #2
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Have anyone tried skype 4.3 in Slackware?
I tried yesterday, unfortunately does not support ALSA.
It is useless for audio and video calls.
Is there alternative to installing the pulse audio.
Unfortunately, there is not a viable alternative. See this post for details. I thought Skype for Linux was great too, and used it in the past. However, as PulseAudio is not an option for me (and a lot of other Slackers as well), it looks like this game is over, unfortunately.
 
Old 06-20-2014, 08:21 AM   #3
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I have not used Google Voice or Google Hangouts for a bit; they worked satisfactorily on my hardware with Slackware.
 
Old 06-20-2014, 08:35 AM   #4
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However, as PulseAudio is not an option for me (and a lot of other Slackers as well)
I see that build material for PulseAudio is provided @ SlackBuilds.org. What inconveniences or drawbacks are there using it? I ask because I'm a Skype user too.

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Old 06-20-2014, 11:57 AM   #5
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Are you forced to use this version ? Surely the older one that doesn't use PulseAudio will continue to work for some time to come ?
 
Old 06-20-2014, 12:14 PM   #6
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Are you forced to use this version ? Surely the older one that doesn't use PulseAudio will continue to work for some time to come ?
+1 -- if it isn't broke, don't fix it.
 
Old 06-20-2014, 03:57 PM   #7
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+1 -- if it isn't broke, don't fix it.
This version supports group video chats.
This feature is useful for me.

Probably i will stick with the previous version.
 
Old 06-20-2014, 04:47 PM   #8
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I'm "forced" to use it as well because of its "de facto" standard status...

This little thing is also snooping is your Firefox bookmarks without your consent on GNU/Linux...

Heck, using strace is really useful/surprising sometimes.
 
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:28 PM   #9
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I see that build material for PulseAudio is provided @ SlackBuilds.org. What inconveniences or drawbacks are there using it? I ask because I'm a Skype user too.
I've got my audio working just the way I want it, with USB Audio and a Bluetooth stereo system. I know that PulseAudio has ways to get these working under it as well, but I'm of the old school that thinks that if something 'ain't broke, don't fix it!'. I don't use Skype often enough to justify the installation of PA, and judging from subsequent posts, I'll stick with the older version of Skype if and when the (occasional) need arises, because it'll still work.
 
Old 06-21-2014, 11:57 AM   #10
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been looking at this tried to build tox qt gui but no qt 5.0.
hey Pat I can live with out Skype but QT 5.X is it stable yet.
Trust me Pulse is just a layer that uses jack this has nothing to do with
the ability. Skype developers are very lazy. they just grabbed the pulse headers and used them for the build. Pulse really does screw up Slackware I have two systems I test it on.
And none of them work as good as just using qtjack. Alsa modules are in the kernel I guess pulseaudio will be going into it soon. and systemd any other thing Linus must really like sucking up to M$.
I guess the kernel will Get forked again. We all know it not about local community it is about Linus and Linux foundation sucking up to the big bucks.

Last edited by Drakeo; 06-21-2014 at 12:05 PM.
 
Old 06-21-2014, 05:01 PM   #11
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Not that this directly addresses the OP's PulseAudio question, but since people are suggesting Skype alternatives, a decent open-source VoIP programme I've been using is Jitsi (formerly SIP Communicator). I recently successfully tested 3-way video chat between 2 linux machines and a mac. Performance was a little laggy, probably because of my connection, but it was otherwise excellent.

If anyone wants to try it (tested on slackware64-14.1 with a couple of packages from slackbuilds.org), here is a slackbuild that uses their git repository (you have to clone it first). I built it using fakeroot: $ TMP=/tmp fakeroot ./jitsi.SlackBuild

Code:
#!/bin/sh

# jitsi.SlackBuild written by Tom 2014/05/03
# jitsi (SIP Communicator) available from https://jitsi.org/

# requires:
# from slackbuilds.org: apache-ant and openjdk or similar

# SlackBuild based on:
# https://jitsi.org/Documentation/RetrievingAndBuildingTheSources
# https://jitsi.org/Documentation/HowToBuildAnInstaller
# /usr/bin/jitsi shell script modifications based on the ofiicial rpm package

PRGNAM=jitsi
BUILD=${BUILD:-1}
TAG=${TAG:-_tom}

if [ -z "$ARCH" ]; then
  case "$( uname -m )" in
    i?86) ARCH=i486 ;;
    arm*) ARCH=arm ;;
       *) ARCH=$( uname -m ) ;;
  esac
fi

CWD=$(pwd)
TMP=${TMP:-/tmp/SBo}
PKG=$TMP/package-$PRGNAM
OUTPUT=${OUTPUT:-/tmp}

if [ "$ARCH" = "i486" ]; then
  SLKCFLAGS="-O2 -march=i486 -mtune=i686"
  LIBDIRSUFFIX=""
elif [ "$ARCH" = "i686" ]; then
  SLKCFLAGS="-O2 -march=i686 -mtune=i686"
  LIBDIRSUFFIX=""
elif [ "$ARCH" = "x86_64" ]; then
  SLKCFLAGS="-O2 -fPIC -m64"
  LIBDIRSUFFIX="64"
else
  SLKCFLAGS="-O2"
  LIBDIRSUFFIX=""
fi

set -e

rm -rf $PKG
mkdir -p $TMP $PKG $OUTPUT

# Original source:
# git clone https://github.com/jitsi/jitsi.git
# if bad connection do a combo of git clone --depth=1 copied over an unzipped snapshot downloaded from github
# and/or do $ git fetch --tags

cd $CWD/$PRGNAM
git checkout master
git branch -D tom &2>1
git pull
VERS=`git tag | tail -n1`
VERSION=${VERSION:-${VERS}}

# find latest stable based on https://download.jitsi.org/jitsi/src/
# but we're going to stick with the latest stable release:
VERSION="2.4.4997"
BUILD_VERSION="`echo $VERSION | cut -d'.' -f3`"

echo "Compiling $PRGNAM version $VERSION"
git checkout -b tom $BUILD_VERSION

cd $TMP
rm -rf $PRGNAM-$VERSION
mkdir -p $PRGNAM-$VERSION
cp -a $CWD/$PRGNAM/* $TMP/$PRGNAM-$VERSION

cd $TMP/$PRGNAM-$VERSION

chown -R root:root .
find . \
 \( -perm 777 -o -perm 775 -o -perm 711 -o -perm 555 -o -perm 511 \) \
 -exec chmod 755 {} \; -o \
 \( -perm 666 -o -perm 664 -o -perm 600 -o -perm 444 -o -perm 440 -o -perm 400 \) \
 -exec chmod 644 {} \;

# this just gives us the version number inside the programme, which is useful
sed -i "s/0.build.by.SVN/$BUILD_VERSION/g" src/net/java/sip/communicator/impl/version/NightlyBuildID.java

# the meat
ant rebuild

mkdir -p $PKG/usr/bin
sed 's/_PACKAGE_NAME_/jitsi/g' resources/install/debian/jitsi.sh.tmpl | sed 's#^CLASSPATH=.*$#CLASSPATH=$LIBPATH/felix.jar:$SCDIR/sc-bundles/sc-launcher.jar:$SCDIR/sc-bundles/util.jar:$LIBPATH#' | sed 's#/usr/lib/jni#$LIBPATH/native#' > $PKG/usr/bin/jitsi
chmod +x $PKG/usr/bin/jitsi

mkdir -p $PKG/usr/share/applications
sed 's/_PACKAGE_NAME_/jitsi/g' resources/install/debian/jitsi.desktop.tmpl | sed 's/_APP_NAME_/Jitsi/g' > $PKG/usr/share/applications/jitsi.desktop

mkdir -p $PKG/usr/share/jitsi/lib/bundle
mkdir -p $PKG/usr/share/jitsi/lib/native
cp lib/{felix.client.run.properties,felix.jar,jitsi-defaults.properties,logging.properties} $PKG/usr/share/jitsi/lib
# what about the jdic files? don't appear to be needed!
if [ "$ARCH" = "x86_64" ]; then
	cp -a lib/native/linux-64/*.so $PKG/usr/share/jitsi/lib/native
else
	cp -a lib/native/linux/*.so $PKG/usr/share/jitsi/lib/native
fi
cp lib/bundle/{commons-logging.jar,log4j.jar,org.apache.felix.bundlerepository-1.6.4.jar} $PKG/usr/share/jitsi/lib/bundle

mkdir -p $PKG/usr/share/jitsi/sc-bundles
cp sc-bundles/* $PKG/usr/share/jitsi/sc-bundles || echo		# note this is so that the 'set -e' d.n. cause it to break here
cp sc-bundles/os-specific/linux/* $PKG/usr/share/jitsi/sc-bundles
# remove unneeded
rm $PKG/usr/share/jitsi/sc-bundles/*-slick.jar

mkdir -p $PKG/usr/share/man/man1
sed 's/_PACKAGE_NAME_/jitsi/g' resources/install/debian/jitsi.1.tmpl | sed 's/_APP_NAME_/Jitsi/g' | gzip -9 > $PKG/usr/share/man/man1/jitsi.1.gz

mkdir -p $PKG/usr/share/pixmaps
cp resources/install/debian/jitsi-*.xpm $PKG/usr/share/pixmaps
cp resources/install/debian/jitsi.svg $PKG/usr/share/pixmaps

mkdir -p $PKG/usr/doc/$PRGNAM-$VERSION
cp \
  LICENSE README.md \
  $PKG/usr/doc/$PRGNAM-$VERSION
cat $CWD/$0 > $PKG/usr/doc/$PRGNAM-$VERSION/$PRGNAM.SlackBuild

mkdir -p $PKG/install
cat $CWD/slack-desc > $PKG/install/slack-desc
#cat $CWD/doinst.sh  > $PKG/install/doinst.sh

cd $PKG
/sbin/makepkg -l y -c n $OUTPUT/$PRGNAM-$VERSION-$ARCH-$BUILD$TAG.${PKGTYPE:-tgz}
mv $OUTPUT/$PRGNAM-$VERSION-$ARCH-$BUILD$TAG.${PKGTYPE:-tgz} $CWD
Hope it's of use/interest.
Cheers,
Tom
 
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:37 AM   #12
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been looking at this tried to build tox qt gui but no qt 5.0.
hey Pat I can live with out Skype but QT 5.X is it stable yet.
Trust me Pulse is just a layer that uses jack this has nothing to do with
the ability. Skype developers are very lazy. they just grabbed the pulse headers and used them for the build. Pulse really does screw up Slackware I have two systems I test it on.
And none of them work as good as just using qtjack. Alsa modules are in the kernel I guess pulseaudio will be going into it soon. and systemd any other thing Linus must really like sucking up to M$.
I guess the kernel will Get forked again. We all know it not about local community it is about Linus and Linux foundation sucking up to the big bucks.
This is a little off topic.
Pulse audio uses alsa to get audio from the sound hardware.
Since pulse audio does not talk with the hardware directly it is highly unlikely that theirs modules will be added to the kernel.
 
Old 06-22-2014, 06:45 AM   #13
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[OT] skype alternative : linphone

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Originally Posted by tom57 View Post
Not that this directly addresses the OP's PulseAudio question, but since people are suggesting Skype alternatives, a decent open-source VoIP programme I've been using is Jitsi (formerly SIP Communicator).
Another alternative for audio/video calls : linphone SIP client.
Both desktop (slackbuild) and web client (http://web.linphone.org/) work great for me.
Edit : uncommon feature for such a software, a CLI mode is available.

Last edited by sebre; 06-22-2014 at 07:18 AM.
 
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Old 06-22-2014, 06:46 AM   #14
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This version supports group video chats.
This feature is useful for me.

Probably i will stick with the previous version.
Does a Skype 4.2.x client support group chats if a Skype 4.3.x client initiates it?
 
Old 06-22-2014, 07:30 AM   #15
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What do you think about this TOX as Skype replacement? Anyone tried it yet?
 
  


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