Saturday, December 18, 2010

LINUX HOWTO - Installing Skype on CentOS-5

The Linux version of skype 2.x (beta) is available. However, there is no binary RPM for CentOS. You can install the static version by follow the instructions here:

The available generic skype binaries are 32-bit, so if you're running a 64-bit system you need to make sure you have various 32-bit libraries installed: yum install glib2.i386 qt4.i386 zlib.i386 alsa-lib.i386 libX11.i386 \
libXv.i386 libXScrnSaver.i386

Installing to /opt (tweak to taste): cd /tmp

cd /opt
tar jxvf /tmp/skype_static-
ln -s skype_static- skype

You need to replace the version number to match the one downloaded. At the time of this writing, it is

Setup some symlinks (the first is required for sounds to work, the second is optional):

ln -s /opt/skype /usr/share/skype
ln -s /opt/skype/skype /usr/bin/skype

Running Skype

You can run the skype program (as a normal user) from the command line with the command:


Also, you can double click the skype launcher from your desktop.

See the README file at /usr/share/skype/README and the documentation from the Skype Website for instructions on how to use skype.

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