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    Skype for Linux Beta is a new version of Skype for Linux. It doesn’t yet have all of the features that will be released in the final version. 

    Skype for Linux Beta users can help us test this version, prioritize new features, and provide feedback. We encourage you to provide as much feedback as you can through the Skype Community, or using the Feedback button in the help menu. This helps us to improve the user experience, call connectivity and call reliability.
    Read on to learn more.

    Why are you letting users try this out as beta?

    We wanted to get this version of Skype to users as quickly as possible. It doesn’t yet have all the Skype features, but we hope that Linux users will help us move to full launch in the coming months by testing our client and providing feedback to engineers.

    Is it open source?
    No. Skype for Linux is built on our web-based client and will not be open sourced for Linux users.

    How do I get the Skype for Linux Beta?
    You can download the Skype for Linux Beta directly from the Skype Download page. We are publishing a 64bit DEB version for Debian/Ubuntu distributions and a 64bit RPM version for Fedora and other distributions. To find out more about the updates of Skype for Linux Beta, please visit the Skype Community

    How do I receive updates?

    Unlike the old Skype for Linux client, the Beta version uses a proper update repository at https://repo.skype.com, so you will automatically receive the application updates via standard OS updates. Please make sure to restart the application after an update gets installed to make sure everything is fully upgraded. If you want to verify you get the updates, please check your system update repositories.

    What system configurations has Skype for Linux Beta been tested with?
    Skype for Linux Beta was tested with the following Linux distributions:

    • Ubuntu 16.04+
    • Debian 8.5+
    • Fedora 24+
    • OpenSuse KDE 13.2+
    • OpenSuse Leap 42.1+ KDE

    We have tested with different desktop environments: Gnome, Unity, Mate, Cinnamon, KDE, but keep in mind there are differences between all these environments and some of the things are tightly coupled with the environment you use (e.g. notifications).  

    Also, Skype for Linux Beta currently depends on gnome-keyring and libgnome-keyring0 packages for storing credentials. Both of these packages are installed as a dependency for the Skype for Linux Beta package.


    Notes:

    • Without the libgnome-keyring0 the application won't start. If you encounter this problem, make sure this package is installed.
    • If after each launch the application still asks for credentials this means that either the gnome-keyring package is not installed on your system or that the gnome-keyring-daemon is not started. Make sure these two conditions are met.
    • On Fedora we've encountered a problem with the gnome-keyring-daemon. This problem was seen with gnome-keyring 3.18.2. It is solved in version 3.18.3.

    Does Skype for Linux Beta work on a 32-bit or 64-bit system?
    We are only building Skype for Linux Beta for a 64-bit system. There may be a 32-bit version in the future, depending on the Community interest.
     

    What features are missing compared to the legacy Skype for Linux client?  

    Skype for Linux Beta currently lacks the support for group video calling and outgoing screen sharing. We are working hard to add these features for you as soon as possible. For the time being, these updates will be pushed through the Linux software updater and confirmation of changes we've made will be announced on the Skype Community.

    Is Skype calling for landlines and mobiles supported?  

    Yes.  
     
    What languages are supported in Skype for Linux Beta?
    Chinese (Simplified)
    Dutch
    English
    French
    German
    Hindi
    Italian
    Portuguese (Brazilian)
    Russian
    Spanish
    Swedish
    Ukranian

    Can I use Skype for Linux and Skype for Linux Beta together? Are they separate apps? Will both apps ring when I get a call?

    As the apps are separate, you can continue to use them together. However, the notifications are not optimized between the two, so you will experience incoming calls ringing twice.

    Will my chat history be transferred?

    You will be able to see up to 30 days of conversation history in Skype for Linux Beta. We are working on extending this timeframe for you.

    If you want to back up your conversation history from the legacy version of Skype for Linux, you can use the exporter tool, which will save it for you in HTML format. It's under application menu Tools > Export chat history from Skype 4.3.

    Which version of the Skype client should people I'm calling use?

    Make sure they use the latest available version for their platform.

    If you want to see incoming screen sharing, they should be using Skype for Windows 7.33 and above or Skype for Mac 7.46 and above.

    Can I use Skype for Linux Beta with two accounts at the same time?

    Yes, you can start a secondary instance with a command line argument '--secondary'.

    Can I let the application start automatically, minimized, or close it to tray?

    Yes, you can find these options under the Tools menu.

    Can I select which camera/microphone to use?

    You can find the device selection settings when making a call. Click the + icon and select Audio and video settings.

    Can I use Skype for Linux Beta with a network proxy?

    Skype for Linux Beta has a basic support for the system HTTPS proxy. Configure it via environment property HTTPS_PROXY, using the following format:
    https_proxy=http(s)://username:password@hostname:port
    The username, password and port parts are not required. Username and password should be URL-encoded when provided.

     

    Does this fix the incoming group call issue I have on Skype for Linux today? 
    Yes, the problem with receiving incoming group calls is fixed in Skype for Linux Beta. Make sure the people you're calling or receiving calls from are using the latest version of Skype.

    Why can't I make or receive calls from an existing Skype for Linux client when using Skype for Linux Beta?
    Skype for Linux Beta uses a new cloud-based architecture for better call reliability, and provides a foundation for building more improved features much faster than previously possible using the older architecture of Skype for Linux 4.3. As Skype for Linux 4.3 is being phased out, interoperability issues may occur during the transitional period. 


    Why do I get this message when someone tries to call me: "This person tried to contact you but there was a problem connecting the call, try calling them back"?
    This error can occur if the person trying to call you is using an older version of Skype.

    Why can't I make group video calls?
    One-to-one video calling is now fully supported between all major Skype clients. However, adding group video calling is a work in progress. For now, the group call uses audio only. 

    While installing or updating, I get an error 'Signature verification failed'. What do I do?
    The Skype update repository is signed and uses https. If you get this error on Ubuntu, you can try the following:

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    Otherwise try issuing command ‘sudo c_rehash’.

    I can't see the tray icon. How do I fix it?
    The application uses either GtkStatusIcon or libappindicator1 for displaying the application indicator (tray icon). Please make sure to install it.
     

    Are you planning to support Skype for Linux for a while?
    Yes, our commitment to the platform is ongoing. Our Linux users are very important to us.  
     
    How can I provide feedback on Skype for Linux Beta? 
    You can give feedback through the Skype Community, or by using the Feedback button in the help menu, or use #skypefeedback on Twitter.

     
    I'm willing to provide debugging information/logs  how can I do this? 
    We always appreciate feedback from users. By default, logging is not enabled in our app – you must enable it before you can create log files. When you create a log file, it will store certain personal data in line with our Skype Privacy Policy. We need the collected data so we can analyze and solve your problem. Log files do not contain data such as your chat conversations, audio, or video messages.  

     If you encounter an issue, do the following: 

    1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D to enable the debug menu.
    2. In the debug menu, click Enable logging.
    3. Try to recreate the issue using the exact steps you did before.
    4. After you've recreated the bug, collect the logs:
      • Application logs can be found at ~/.config/skypeforlinux/logs (in your HOME directory, under .config/skypeforlinux/logs).
      • Create an archive from this folder. E.g. 
        $ tar -zcvf skypeforlinux-logs.tar.gz  
      • You may have to close the app as the files may change when creating the archive and the app is running. 
    5. When you're done, click Disable logging in the debug menu.
    6. Make sure to provide feedback about your issue through the Skype Community and one of our engineers will contact you if logs are needed. 

     

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