Skype Releases VOIP Software for Mac, Linux

By eweek  |  Posted 2005-02-01
VOIP provider Skype released final versions of its software for the Macintosh and Linux on Tuesday morning.

Skype originally released both versions of its software in beta form.

All of Skypes features, including its global address book, the ability to manage "presence" across different locations, and the ability to send files, have been included in the shipping versions, according to Skype. An additional service called SkypeOut allows Skype users to connect to mobile and landline phones for the price of a local call.

Skype for Mac OS X 1.0 requires a Macintosh computer with Mac OS X v10.3 or newer, a G3, G4, or G5 processor, a minimum 400 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM, 20 MB free hard drive disk space, sound card, speakers, microphone and an Internet connection.

Skype also said that the Linux version of its software had been tested against many distributions, including SuSE 9, Gentoo 1.4, Debian "unstable", Fedora Core 2, Sun Java Desktop System Release 2 and Xandros. However, the determining factor will be whether or not the user has the correct glibc and Qt libraries.

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