Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 8th Nov 2012 02:24 UTC
Windows Microsoft is discontinuing Windows Live Messenger in 1st quarter 2013, forcing users to switch to Skype. Most would want to switch to Skype anyway with its more advanced capabilities, and the switch makes sense to Microsoft, since they purchased Skype for $8.5 billion last year. However, the move may be seen as typical Redmondian high-handedness by those using Messenger with dial-up. Technically Skype works with dial-up but in practice most agree you really need broadband for decent use. Will everyone view Messenger as replaceable by Skype?
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RE[5]: Could it be fixed?
by ssokolow on Fri 9th Nov 2012 12:34 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Could it be fixed?"
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

Well that is the problem, which API do you use?

Last time I counted there was:

*ALSA
*OSS
*PulseAudio

Which one do you make it compatible with? Most distros have pulseaudio.


And yet, somehow, everyone else who uses the ALSA API manages to writes code that works fine when the ALSA client libraries talk directly to the ALSA drivers rather than having PulseAudio sitting between them.

Skype 4 is literally the only application I've ever found which uses the ALSA API but breaks on Ubuntu-based distros if you `apt-get autoremove pulseaudio` like they recommend for disabling PulseAudio.

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