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Skype on Linux x86_64

This is a simple step-by step to install Skype on a Linux x86_64 system. The distro is Ubuntu 8.10 x86_64, running on a HP Compaq 6515b laptop.

  1. Download Skype for Ubuntu Linux from http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-ubuntu
  2. Install it with Debian way,

    root@unforgiven:/tmp# dpkg -i --force-architecture skype-debian_2.0.0.72-1_i386.deb
    dpkg - warning, overriding problem because --force enabled:
    package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
    Selecting previously deselected package skype.
    (Reading database ... 129714 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking skype (from skype-debian_2.0.0.72-1_i386.deb) ...
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of skype:
    skype depends on libqt4-core (>= 4.2.1); however:
    Package libqt4-core is not installed.
    skype depends on libqt4-gui (>= 4.2.1); however:
    Package libqt4-gui is not installed.
    dpkg: error processing skype (--install):
    dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    skype

    Don’t worry, just ignore the error messages. We can apt-get install libqt4-core libqt4-gui later.

  3. Run Skype; On a GNOME system, [Applications] -> [Internet] -> [Skype]. Voila, it works like a charm!

    Skype start-up screen,
    Skype on Ubuntu Linux x86_64 Skype on Ubuntu Linux x86_64

    Chatting and having phone conversation with Piju the iPhone fanboy; credit to him as the participant in this project,
    Skype on Ubuntu Linux x86_64

  4. Nowadays, it is so easy to use Linux x86_64, isn’t it?
  5. Comments

{ 8 } Comments

  1. piju | March 7, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Permalink
    Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7 on Mac OS X Mac OS X 10

    takde credit pun untuk aku sebagai testing team ?

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  2. irwan | March 8, 2009 at 9:43 am | Permalink
    Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7 on Ubuntu Linux Ubuntu Linux

    Mengada-ngada nak kredit pulok.

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  3. Drex | March 16, 2009 at 7:32 am | Permalink
    Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7 on Ubuntu Linux Ubuntu Linux

    10x, fast and easy :)
    just I had to put one extra “-” in front of the “force” command:

    dpkg -i –force-architecture skype-debian_2.0.0.72-1_i386.deb

    Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7 on Ubuntu Linux Ubuntu Linux
  4. Irwan | March 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Permalink
    Using Opera Opera 9.64 on Linux Linux

    Yups, it should be double hyphens (–) but somehow only 1 is shown.

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  5. Free as in Freedom | April 1, 2009 at 10:59 am | Permalink
    Using Debian IceWeasel Debian IceWeasel 3.0.6 on Debian GNU/Linux Debian GNU/Linux

    Skype is a proprietary Voice-over-IP program that uses a proprietary protocol. Skype is seducing free software users into using proprietary software, often two users at a time. Using proprietary phone software means that we can’t be sure who is listening in, because we can’t see the code. The Chinese government, for example, was found to have been spying on Skype conversations already, and they are probably not the only ones. We do not want to encourage the creation of a Skype compatible client, but instead, we want to encourage you to create, contribute to, or promote the use of free software replacements for Skype, such as Ekiga, and to encourage adoption and use of free VoIP, video, and chat protocols such as SIP and XMPP/Jingle.

    Ways to help. The easiest way to help is to not use Skype and to encourage the use of a free software replacement instead. There are a number of programs, such as Ekiga, Twinkle, Coccinella, QuteCom, and SIP-Communicator that are working replacements for Skype. The Mingle project builds on Jabber to provide multiparty calling, and is supported by a grant from the NLnet Foundation. NLnet also supports the openMSRP project in this area. Users of such programs should file bug reports and feature requests to the projects. If you are not a developer, you can consider contributing to documentation and tutorials for such projects, as well as filing feature and bug requests. Developers should consider helping free software VoIP and video, chat, and multimedia communications projects.

    http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/priority.html#skypereplacement

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  6. niskyrick | May 7, 2009 at 8:52 am | Permalink
    Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 3.0.10 on Ubuntu Linux Ubuntu Linux

    why go through this effort. Why not just download the 64-bit version at
    http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-ubuntu-amd64

    Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 3.0.10 on Ubuntu Linux Ubuntu Linux
  7. Irwan | May 7, 2009 at 9:37 am | Permalink
    Using Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 3.0.5 on RedHat Linux RedHat Linux

    niskyrick,
    Thank you very much for the pointer! When I was browsing http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/linux/choose/, I couldn’t find x86_64 package. That’s the reason I chose x86 package.

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  8. rancherr | March 15, 2010 at 12:39 am | Permalink
    Using Debian IceWeasel Debian IceWeasel 3.0.14 on Debian GNU/Linux Debian GNU/Linux

    Why after looging to skype my applications is automaticlly colsed ? (debian x86_64).

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