So I heard about an update to Skype for Linux (thanks, OMG!Ubuntu) that is supposed to fix some general noise and PulseAudio issues.
Since Skype's RPM for Fedora doesn't set up a repo, I had to download a new RPM from Skype and install it.
The new package, Version 188.8.131.52, runs as well as the old one. That means it fixed none of the audio issues I'm having, which include occasional noisy audio and intermittent lack of audio. The commonly accept fix doesn't help me, either.
Luckily I rarely use Skype, and usually only as an IM client, so I'll live.
For the freedom-lovers in the room, I did install the Ekiga softphone package in Fedora, and it kind of, sort of works. But the UI is HORRIBLE, and I doubt a non-geek could ever make it work. I need a better SIP package, and I'm open to suggestions.
I'm on the fence on this Skype fix for Linux distributions that use PulseAudio:
If you are packaging Skype for your distribution, you need to change the Exec line in your Skype .desktop file as follows: Exec=env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype %U If you are a user, and your distribution doesn’t already carry this fix (as of about a week ago, Ubuntu does, and as of ~1 hour from now, Gentoo will), you need to launch Skype from the command line as follows: $ PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype
Using rootly privileges, I made this change in my
/usr/share/applications/skype.desktop file. It worked some but not all of the time. I'm more troubled by PulseAudio's use of CPU when I'm running Skype in the background but not actively using it.
I eventually reverted this fix in my
/usr/share/applications/skype.desktop file and am doing OK with the regular
Exec=skype %U line that is the default in my Skype installation.