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The Skype VoIP service is working on developing an open source version of Linux client, according to the Skype blog.

Skype has provided a Linux client for some years now, but it's not as full-featured as its Windows counterpart, working as a binary-only application.

Developing this new open source version, will help Skype be adopted within Linux distributions.

The bad news is the Skype protocol will still remain proprietary, but third-party clients would be able to use this closed lib to support the Skype protocol. This means that we could start seeing third party applications built around Skype code or more powerful third party plugins for Skype that enhance the application's functionality.