A new version of Skype for Linux was released the other day, bringing new features and a lot of improvements and bug fixes. Skype 126.96.36.199 comes packaged for distributions like Ubuntu (both 8.04 and 8.10), Debian Lenny, Fedora Core 9 and 10+ and openSUSE. Dynamically and statically linked binaries are also available from the official website.
Among the new features Skype 188.8.131.52 comes with are:
- PulseAudio support
- SILK audio codec
- SMS sending support
- high quality video support
- contact groups
- chat picture for group conversations
- contact labels and tags
- many bug fixes and improvements
To install Skype in Ubuntu or in Debian just follow the instructions in this article.