++ [ originally posted by Martin ] ++
Actually skype 1.0 was released for linux and macos a little while back, they said all prior versions were beta releases so perhaps they did something to improve sound quality..
A few months ago we skype'd a lot, not myself as much but I know others did more. And I noticed that I would usually get mediocre sound quality and a delay in the voice transfer which was irritating. There was only one time it really worked well, even though I have a quite decent dsl line and otherwise get good transfer speeds.
Also, whenever I would try a conversation with 2 people or more, the sound was all noise to me and I don't think they heard me either. So I imagine those could well have been software bugs.