Skype and linux audio issues



One of the things I didn’t mention in my first skype post was the “getting skype to work with linux” bit… The version available via urpmi in Mandrake was 1.2, so I installed it (before I had the usb audio phone) and gave a try. It gave consistent errors trying to access the audio device (/dev/dsp). I looked and it seems that the older 1.2 version used OSS exclusively for this and had LOT’S of problems. I did find that version 1.3 that can use either OSS or ALSA seemed to work flawlessly on the three systems I tested. (Two of them Mandriva 2006 and the test box Ubuntu 6.06.1) The testbox didn’t have a sound card prior to the usb phone, the other two had built in sound and that is what was tested.

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