Some people in Tas wanted to talk to me but didn’t want to shell out mobile call rates if they could avoid it, & this house has no land-line (the ADSL is “naked” — ooh!) so they urged me to install Skype, which I did.
Skype provide a Mandriva RPM, which went on straight away & worked ferpectly.
This morning, Tas crew called in, which also worked ferpectly... but after maybe 10 minutes, the caller faded to near-inaudibility. We broke & re-made the call, which went exactly as before.
I suspected that some setting in my shiny new installation was wonky, but the caller Skyped another (to her) local, & got the same effect.
Ah, the munders of wodern technology! (-: