"We Linux folk are the reliable early adopters of innovative
applications like Skype who have done a disproportionate amount of
work to make it popular. The gift horse we've gotten in return is a
usable but much less feature-rich version that is years behind the
other platforms. We're missing key features like sending SMS
(argghhh!!!), video snapshots, the ability to import contacts from
Yahoo and Gmail, a better UI and much more.
"Now Skype 4.0 beta is available but only on Windows. Version
4.0 offers many new innovations, such as a much improved GUI (the
Linux version will feel even more archaic), easier-to-use video
calls, money sending, Skypecasts and more..."