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Thread: Installing Skype

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2006

    Question Installing Skype


    does anyone know which version of Skype one should use for kbuntu? Does rpm work in kbuntu? Or is it tar.gz?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    I think I'm here! Maybe?

    Re: Installing Skype

    You need the .deb version, available if you add the following repo to your sources.list file. The version is now a beta, but it works very well. Give it a try.
    deb stable non-free

    Alternatively you can just download the debian package from the skype website and install it with a double click, I think, or in a terminal type:-

    cd /folder_where_you_downloaded_debfile
    sudo dpkg-install

    (the is the name of the package you downloaded
    Last edited by ajgreeny; September 18th, 2006 at 09:12 PM. Reason: More info

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Guayaquil, Ecuador
    Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy

    Re: Installing Skype

    I've found useful to also install the "alsa-oss" package through apt-get:
    Type "sudo apt-get install alsa-oss" in a shell.
    Skype uses oss, which is old and doesn't support multichannels or something. I read this somewhere.
    The alsa-oss package is a wrapper that makes skype work with alsa.
    So after installing both the Skype 1.3b (even though it's beta works way better than the older stable one) and alsa-oss.. Type in a console:
    aoss skype
    to run skype.
    Alternatively, using alacarte you can modify the link on the applications>internet menu. On the "command" box type "aoss skype" instead of just skype.
    Good luck

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Re: Installing Skype

    I was using the beta deb version in Kubuntu 6.06 LTS which worked great until a few days ago when I did an adept update which seems to have screwed it up so that I try to run skype and it just spins its wheels till it stops abruptly without opening.


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