March 13th 2008 - Skype Release Version 2.0 for Linux. The first release of Skype for Video conferencing, which is not Beta. And the newest release comes with a lot of Bugfixes.
So upgrade and update…
Adobe released one week ago a new Linux version of the Flash player. I installed the latest version 9.0.r64 and I was quite happy to see that the most annoying Bug , where I could not trigger click-events in flash has been fixed. The mouse is now working perfectly again in Flash as it should be. There are more features added to this version, for example H264,…
Problems with Flash on Linux remains. After I have fixed my performance issue, which was not a flash bug, but simply my mistake, I have now a “real” Flash Bug(Actual Version 9,0,60). I cannot trigger any click events(except right-click context menu) in some flash movies. For example, youtube is working but the rest is not.
It seems that this is a confirmed bug, which is confirmed by the developers of Linux Flash Version. (See here) It seems though that it has to do with Compiz/Beryl not working with Flash. So it might either be possible that Compiz generates the mouse events wrongly or Flash is unable to capture them.
However, if you right-click on the Flash movie, so the Context menu opens and then you double click(where you want to click), the click event is processed correctly.
Adobe did some great work for getting Flash 9 working under Linux. However, I think the Flash developers got a recent motivation to continue their work.(Microsoft announce the release of a native version for Linux of Silverlight, here)
Besides I believe Flash may have a bright future, first because ActionScript3 promises to be less tricky as ActionScript2 and the developers are doing a fine job.
I noticed thatfor some weeks my Firefox keeps crashing all the time. Meaning at least several times a day. The crash is simply that Firefox becomes unresponsive and uses all CPU time. Sometimes it even needs 101% CPU. That's when I said … There is something wrong. I made me a Yahoo account as I wanted to join the flashcoders mailing list, but I was unable to open the Yahoo Mail site, as Firefox ALWAYS crashed on opening. I paid attention, when Firefox is crashing and I noticed that it always occurs on sites which have a flash movie somehow integrated. So I said to myself, Ok, let's upgrade to the new Flash 9,0,60(Still Beta). That's what I did but the problem remained. I remember that Firefox has those about:something pages. So I opened the page about:plugins in Firefox and I noticed that there are two instances of a Flash Plugin(the new one 9,0,60 and an old 9,0,48).
The latest Flash plugin was installed in the direcotry /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox. So I new the latest libflashplayer.so was in this folder. So I tried to locate the other one with 'locate libflashplayer.so'. So I found that there were some more of flash-plugins in the folder .mozilla/firefox/plugins and .mozilla/plugins. I simply removed those two libflashplayer.so files from these folders and restarted Firefox and visited the about:plugins site and finally there is now only one flash plugin running.
And now I am able to visit the Yahoo Mail site and Firefox is running more stable again(and seems to respond faster).
Today I noticed that when you have a chat window open from Skype, Skype uses about 20% CPU. I guess this is a way too much for a chat window. After some research, I came to the following link. There it is states that by default in the actual Linux version animated emoticons are disabled, because there is an issue with CPU performance.
"By default, animated emoticons are currently disabled due to some CPU usage concerns, however you can re-enable them in the Options dialog." - http://share.skype.com/sites/linux/2007/06/skype_for_linux_14_beta.html
And really just by deactivating (Options -> Chat -> Show animated Emoticons) Skype stops using this much CPU Time. I hope they try to get rid of this issue, as I really like this little funny emoticons. (beer) (party)…
Skype 18.104.22.168 - released on 10th of August is available for Linux and fixes the discussed issue.