New Skype On Linux – 8.5.76

A few time ago the skype app has changed (a lot) it’s layout and the way that it expresses to the user, with new icons, gifs and other new stuff.

The new layout is not a big difference for me, and don’t encouraged me to install it, but recently, microsoft sent me an email saying that after 4th September the old skype version will not work anymore, so, I give it a try.

Fortunately this time linux received early the last update from this new version. It is still even not a “beta” version, it is a “preview” version, but it worked surprisingly perfect for chatting, voice and video calls. I feel that this version is better than the last one “beta”.

My linux distribution is the Elementary OS and it worked very well, despite some comments on forums that it may crash sometimes on other distros.

Until now this version seems to be very stable, but I still didn’t find the option to change my status, maybe it’s not used anymore. šŸ˜¦

I cannot found the download link at the official skype site, instead of that I found it at microsoft forumĀ which have the packages inĀ RPM or DEB formats.

Remember to uninstall the old version before installing this one.

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Elementary OS and the new About page

Reading about the new Elementary OS updates (the distro that I use) I saw the new “About” page which now have better looking than before.

elementary-about-page

But, that default mac computer icon does not fit my computer and as a thinkpad user I am would be proud if the Elementary OS detects my machine’s vendor name… but it’s not what happened. šŸ˜¦

Following my wishes to have some custom information on that page, I made some research on the elementary code, on githubĀ and discovered that the “about” page can load information from an specific file on the computer, so I have try it and that what it looks like now:

Captura de tela de 2017-07-04 11.42.28

Here is how to do it:

  • Open as an Administrator the path /etc
  • Create a file calledĀ oem.conf
  • Add the following content on the created file and set your own information and icon:
    [OEM]
    Manufacturer=System76 Inc.
    Product=Meerkat
    Version=meer1
    Logo=/etc/oem/logo.png
    URL=https://support.system76.com

 

The Logo should be a transparent png file, so I used a very nice online tool on editphotosforfree.com to easily remove the background of an image that I found on google.

The descriptions of manufactures, product, version and the link of the URL can be anything that you want to show on the “About” page.