Microsoft releases Skype 4.3 update for Linux

In today's open source roundup: Microsoft's Skype for Linux updated to version 4.3. Plus: Seven great PC games come to Linux, and a Linux gamer shares his Steam game collection


There's never been any love lost between Microsoft and Linux users. When Microsoft acquired Skype many predicted that Linux would no longer be supported. But Microsoft has just released an update to Skype for Linux that might make some users happy.

According to Betanews:

Linux users are not the most sociable bunch. Not only do I know many socially awkward and inept Linux nerds, but I am one myself. Still, every once in a while, a Linux nerd must communicate with family or friends and what better way to do that than video chat? Skype is one of the best options.

Microsoft touts the following changes:

An updated UI

Our new cloud-based Group Chat experience

More reliable file transfer support when using multiple devices at once

Greater accessibility by blind and visually impaired users

PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support

Lots of bug fixes

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I'm glad to see Microsoft still supporting Skype for Linux. I fully understand that some Linux users are simply never going to use software associated with Microsoft, and that's fine. It's a perfectly valid choice to choose not to use Skype, but there are others that may find it a useful application. So I'm happy that they have the choice to use it if they want.

I do reject the idea that Linux users are a bunch of anti-social nerds though. I can understand the author trying to add a little personal color to the article, but I think it perpetuates an unfair and inaccurate stereotype of Linux users. It's not a huge deal but I would have preferred to read about Skype for Linux minus the stereotyping comments.

Seven prominent PC games come to Linux

PC World reports on seven well-known PC games that have come to Linux, and notes that Linux gaming is really hitting its stride as more and more games become available.

According to PC World:

For the first time in a long time, Linux gamers have a reason to smile. Gaming on the open-source operating system has long meant dabbling in Wine and arcane workarounds, but ever since Valve launched Steam for Linux just over a year ago the number of native Linux games has positively exploded.

Here are 7 killer, big-name PC games that've recently become Linux natives—starting with a juggernaut that landed on Linux just this week.

Civilization V

The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings

Metro: Last Light

Shadowrun Returns

Super Meat Boy


Portal 2 and other Valve games

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