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Skype for Linux will be open sourced at some point in "the nearest future."

Word of the open sourcing first arrived from French blogger Olivier Faurax, and it's now been confirmed by Skype itself.

In a back-and-forth to Skype Customer Support about the possibility of a Skype-supporting RPM package manager for the Mandriva distro becoming available, Faurax was told: "We are happy to be able to inform you that Skype will from now on be part of the open source community."

When Faurax asked for clarification of that assertion, customer-support minion "Joerg" affirmed the statement, saying: "Yes, indeed, the Linux Skype version will become open source in the nearest future."

When The Reg asked Skype about this report, a spokeswoman confirmed that open-sourcing is in the cards. "We realize the potential of the open source community," she wrote in an email, "and believe that making Skype for Linux an open source application will help to speed up its development and enhance its compatibility with various Linux distributives."

However, she wouldn't provide a more-specific definition of "the nearest future," saying only: "While it is our goal is to make Skype for Linux source code available to the community in the nearest future, we are not at a point to disclose exact release date yet." ®

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