Microsoft has apparently decided to terminate the skype service for older versions (before current 18.104.22.168). That's too bad because I'm needing skype for work badly.
Since I'm using an old Mandriva distribution (1) the last version that worked for me was 22.214.171.124 (2). I like this system since it's running smoothly, don't want to change it just for skype. Don't want to install a vmware machine either.
So since yesterday I get an error message when I try to log in:
server connection failed.
Curiously, I briefly ran
skype as root and then I could log in again, but not any longer. I then tried creating another user and ran
skype from that. No luck.
I suspect the server reads out the version of the skype client I'm running and then it refuses connection.
Or what is the mechanism here and can we circumvent it somehow? I thought immediately that one could possibly spoof version 126.96.36.199 making the server think I'm running this client and hence let me connect. Has anyone an idea how to concretely make this a reality? Any other ideas?
Linux version 188.8.131.52-desktop-1mnb (firstname.lastname@example.org) (gcc version 4.4.1 (GCC) ) #1 SMP Tue Apr 27 20:37:44 EDT 2010 skype-184.108.40.206-69.1mib2010.2.i686.rpm
PS: I need skype capability, not some other substitute service. The people I need to talk to only have skype and not the competency nor willingness to use another service.
PPS: What I've done now is build my very old desktop computer which is a duron 1 ghz machine with 386 mb sd ram. Installed Win XP on it + SP3. Installed skype which didn't work. Then another version of skype for "old pc's" was offered. Installed that and now I can place calls successfully. That's not my preferred solution though.