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Removal of classic skype

Raymond Jennings
Due to the removal of qt4, all of its reverse dependencies are also going to be removed.

This decision has already been made by the qt project and is not up for discussion.

Furthermore, qt4 has a large number of security bugs and it has also been brought to my attention that it even fails to build in a few cases, and finally it is no longer being maintained by upstream.  Therefore, due to the build failures making it impossible to even install in a large number of cases, and thus skype classic, I'm no longer going to maintain it.

Anyone who really wants to keep classic skype still, feel free to install the "kde sunset" overlay to recover the soon-to-be-removed qt4 dependencies and for the moment make a snapshot of the ebuild before it is removed from the portage tree.

Also, even though they haven't *yet* followed through, microsoft has announced already that the classic version of skype will eventually be EOL'ed.  at the moment you're still able to install it as of 48 hours ago last time I checked, but it is on the chopping block and likely will eventually be removed from download, as well as banned from microsoft's login servers.  Once this happens further usage will be impossible.

No further support can be offered on skype classic, and it is eventually going to be removed from the portage tree for the reasons listed above.
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Re: Removal of classic skype

Mick-10
On Saturday, 7 October 2017 17:32:21 BST Raymond Jennings wrote:

> Due to the removal of qt4, all of its reverse dependencies are also going
> to be removed.
>
> This decision has already been made by the qt project and is not up for
> discussion.
>
> Furthermore, qt4 has a large number of security bugs and it has also been
> brought to my attention that it even fails to build in a few cases, and
> finally it is no longer being maintained by upstream.  Therefore, due to
> the build failures making it impossible to even install in a large number
> of cases, and thus skype classic, I'm no longer going to maintain it.
>
> Anyone who really wants to keep classic skype still, feel free to install
> the "kde sunset" overlay to recover the soon-to-be-removed qt4 dependencies
> and for the moment make a snapshot of the ebuild before it is removed from
> the portage tree.
>
> Also, even though they haven't *yet* followed through, microsoft has
> announced already that the classic version of skype will eventually be
> EOL'ed.  at the moment you're still able to install it as of 48 hours ago
> last time I checked, but it is on the chopping block and likely will
> eventually be removed from download, as well as banned from microsoft's
> login servers.  Once this happens further usage will be impossible.
>
> No further support can be offered on skype classic, and it is eventually
> going to be removed from the portage tree for the reasons listed above.
Thank you for letting us know.

I have already moved to net-im/skypeforlinux because cross-platform usage of
(classic) skype started malfunctioning some months ago now.  Skypeforlinux
works OK for me at present.

--
Regards,
Mick

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Raymond Jennings
Last riting for classic skype has officially been commenced.

Anyone who wants to install it should either grab the ebuilds now, or
be prepared to go fishing through the git-based repo's history.

I personally plan to keep it installed until microsoft itself blocks
it from login.

On Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 9:56 AM, Mick <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Saturday, 7 October 2017 17:32:21 BST Raymond Jennings wrote:
>> Due to the removal of qt4, all of its reverse dependencies are also going
>> to be removed.
>>
>> This decision has already been made by the qt project and is not up for
>> discussion.
>>
>> Furthermore, qt4 has a large number of security bugs and it has also been
>> brought to my attention that it even fails to build in a few cases, and
>> finally it is no longer being maintained by upstream.  Therefore, due to
>> the build failures making it impossible to even install in a large number
>> of cases, and thus skype classic, I'm no longer going to maintain it.
>>
>> Anyone who really wants to keep classic skype still, feel free to install
>> the "kde sunset" overlay to recover the soon-to-be-removed qt4 dependencies
>> and for the moment make a snapshot of the ebuild before it is removed from
>> the portage tree.
>>
>> Also, even though they haven't *yet* followed through, microsoft has
>> announced already that the classic version of skype will eventually be
>> EOL'ed.  at the moment you're still able to install it as of 48 hours ago
>> last time I checked, but it is on the chopping block and likely will
>> eventually be removed from download, as well as banned from microsoft's
>> login servers.  Once this happens further usage will be impossible.
>>
>> No further support can be offered on skype classic, and it is eventually
>> going to be removed from the portage tree for the reasons listed above.
>
> Thank you for letting us know.
>
> I have already moved to net-im/skypeforlinux because cross-platform usage of
> (classic) skype started malfunctioning some months ago now.  Skypeforlinux
> works OK for me at present.
>
> --
> Regards,
> Mick