Ok… so I might have made that title up, but hopefully you’ll get the idea.
Skype Release Cycle Across Platforms
I’ve put together an illustration that makes it clear, from where I am standing, that Linux is regarded as a 2nd class citizen, that does not deserve the love and attention that other platforms enjoy from the Skype steering team.
Why The ‘Skype For Linux’ Project is poorly managed….
I hate to say it, but the project really must be in dire straits. Here are some of the reasons why:
Sluggish Release Cycle
- There hasn’t been a stable Skype release for Linux nearly 3 years
- However, there have been 5 stable releases for Windows in the last 2 years, including 14 bug fix releases, and 1 beta release.
- Support for active upstream projects is poor. For example, it took 18 months after Fedora used Pulseaudio by default to support this sound server.
No Consistent Direction
- In 2008, Skype announced they were hiring QT developers, and had developed a MID Interface for tablet devices. But then late in 2009, they announced that they intended to Open Source the Skype user interface. One can guess that they are no longer to look to hire QT developers, and they also confirmed that the MID Interface project is dead.
- Twice, in 2009, Skype announced that a 64 bit version (here and here) was being developed, and support for FreeBSD would be added. It’s now 2011, and neither have emerged.
- Their use of the Skype For Linux blog is apathetic to say the least. 3 time in 2008, 5 times in 2009, and once in 2010.
- They then setup a Skype For Linux twitter account, tweeting to me: “the plan is that the tweets will be more regular”. They have so far tweeted 3 times, all promising “more tweets”.
So, Skype development steering team: Just what do you have to say for yourself?