The free VOIP and chat service Skype announced yesterday that it's developing an open source version of its client software that runs under Linux.

Skype developer Stanislav Karchebny said in a blog post, "Yes, there's an open source version of Linux client being developed. This will be a part of a larger offering, but we can't tell you much about that right now."

Although Skype has confirmed that the user interface will go open sauce, customers expressed concerns in comments on the announcement that Skype's Internet protocol software might remain closed.

Comments from Skype's customer services reportedly suggest that the open source version will be available in the "nearest future", however users are already asking the company to name a date.

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