Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Truth or Skype?
Recently I had to install Skype in order to be able to contact a job lead in the manner most convenient for them. After my recent successes with SIP VOIP I thought it was time to try Skype, I'd heard much good about it. I went to their site, located the Linux build I needed, scanned the hardware requirements. I thought I saw the requirements say that it only needed a 400 MHz CPU and about 128 MB of memory. The installation on my desktop computer went smooth, a simple dpkg installation of a .deb package. When I finished and tried calling their echo test number, echo123, I was greatly disappointed. The incoming sound was fine, but I'd have to rate what I heard of my voice echoed back as one of the worst audio experiences of my life, that badly distorted. I installed Skype on another computer, a much more powerful media server and found the performance was fine. The problem then was with my desktop. I went back to the download page, and noticed that the required CPU speed was 1 GHz, not the 400 MHz I remembered seeing. I searched around some and did find a page on Skype's support site that quoted the speed I remembered seeing. http://support.skype.com/index.php?_a=knowledgebase&_j=questiondetails&_i=184&nav2=Skype%20for%20Linux Whether they changed this after I downloaded the .deb or if I had chased off surface pages of their web sites looking for the information I can't recall. I'd heard so much about good about Skype I didn't expect any problem, especially after the SIP successes I'd had lately. Shane on irc.freenode.net suggested some terms to google and after much flondering I found a couple of pages that gave older versions of Skype's client program.