Thanks for the questions Husse.
I try to answer them here
Don't know if it is 64 bit version. I installed it with Mint installer. But in the time since then I also installed it on the main version 32bit. Same result. I tested the mike and the earphones by using audio recorder. Worked.
After that I installed PC/OS 2009 v2a on the other half of my hard drive. And there Skype works. It's also based on Ubuntu but on an older version (8.04).
But I want to stay with Mint. Isn't it so, that Mint is using an other sound architecture than Ubuntu?
And no, I can't use Skype. I can log in, and it shows I'm online, but... The message is generated locally. No voice message
That's just the problem, Skype can't reach my sound devices.
Connection is a LAN. And being on the same hard drive in the same computer I tried Skype with PC/OS on the same cable.
for linux to be successful on the desktop for normal users, normal users have to feel comfortable with it.
The interesting users are your mother, your neighbor. Those are the people that will decide whether or not linux is accepted on the desktop.