Skype – tool for free calls and chat

Last Updated on May 23, 2024

Skype for Linux is a version of Skype peer-to-peer Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) software for computers running a Linux-based operating system. It gives Linux users the opportunity to make free phone and video calls via the Internet worldwide.

Skype for Linux has been successfully tested on many recent distribution. It should run on all distributions that have the required versions of glibc and Qt libraries available.

It supports both the ALSA and OSS sound systems.

Features include:

  • Video calls. Up to 10 people can share their video at the same time while the rest can participate over audio. Bring your conversations to live with real-time reactions. Share photos, messages, emoticons, stickers or your screen.
  • Voice calls – Camera shy? Make voice calls to anyone on Skype. You can also call mobile and landlines at low rates.
  • Basic chat and emoticons – when it’s not convenient to call, chat or Instant Message (IM) your contacts.
  • Group chat – for when it’s easier to chat or Instant Message (IM) all your friends at once.
  • Conference calling – talk to more than one friend at a time.
  • Call forwarding – forward Skype calls to any phone when you are not online.
  • Profile settings – change how you appear to the world and
    let people know a bit about you.
  • File transfer – send unlimited size photos or documents to your contacts.
  • Send Money – Send money to your Skype contacts using PayPal.
  • Video snapshot – Update your profile picture with photos of yourself.
  • Quote a message in chat.
  • Screen sharing support.
  • Localisted time formats.
  • There are packages available for Debian/Ubuntu based distributions, Fedora, and a snap edition.

Developer: Microsoft
License: Proprietary

Skype Linux

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