Well, here’s a surprise: Facebook video chat now works in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions out of the box, no plugin or extra download required.
The change, which appears to have come into effect in the past few weeks, sees the social network’s on-site video calling feature switch to a web-based technology that “just works” for users.
Skype-based video calling was introduced to Facebook back in 2011 but required users to install a web-browser plugin to use it. That plugin, based on the archaic NPAPI architecture, was only available for Windows and Mac OS. Linux (and Chromebook) users were left in the shade. Continue reading