I have been using Skype for over 10 years now, almost since the initial release, and most of my friends/family/colleagues use it too. So switching IM is not an option.
Microsoft has recently changed
Skype protocol to force users to update to newer version. I will skip the emotional part a.k.a "What do I think about MicroSoft". If this info is new for you, feel free to read:
The situation is simple I have to update to newest version even on my
Linux Mint machine. Newest version for
The problem I have faced is that in v 4.3 as part of improvements,
Microsoft has dropped the support of ALSA:
Skype can only be used with PulseAudio. I have uninstalled
PulseAudio long time ago because it was the source of countless bugs and glitches. Here is the list (not the full one) of issues I was experiencing with
- Mute button mutes the sound but does not unmute it
- Slider of
Pavucontrolgradually increases the sound to ~60%, then just jumps to 100%
- When playing movies, pause buttons stops the video, but the sound continues to play for ~5 seconds.
- When switching between songs or rewinding/seeking in
Audacioussound becomes choppy
- Choppy sound in Youtube
- High CPU usage by
- Sound is choppy in VirtualBox guest (tested with win XP only)
I am not the author of the phrase, but I will quote it here, because I strongly agree with it:
Most problems with the sound in Linux can be solved by removing PulseAudio
So now I face the dilemma: I have to use
Skype, because I cannot force all my friends/family colleagues who are mostly
Windows users to switch to other IM software. But to continue using
Skype I now need to install
PulseAudio (thanks to Microsoft). And, (hurrah!) I get all the old bugs, that I missed so much.
Does anyone have a workaround to this problem? Is there a way to use
Skype 4.3 with
ALSA? Or is there a way to trick the system and log in with the older version of
Skype? Or maybe (in the worst case) run
PulseAudio just for
Skype and make sure it does not interfere with the rest of applications, drivers and system sound?
I am using Linux Mint 13: Maya
Any suggestions, thoughts, links will be much appreciated.