Skype HOWTO for Fedora 12, 64-bit
vvmarko at gmail.com
Sun Nov 22 20:33:00 UTC 2009
Before anyone starts asking, this is what you need to do to make skype work on
a 64-bit F12:
(1) Make sure that you have a working sound, pulseaudio and all.
(2) Download the latest skype rpm for Fedora, from skype website. At the
moment, it is the "skype-188.8.131.52-fc10.i586.rpm" for Fedora 10.
(3) Do a yum install of the following:
This will pull in cca 86 or so .i686 packages, mostly libraries.
(4) Go to a directory where you downloaded the skype rpm. Do a
"yum --nogpgcheck localinstall skype-184.108.40.206-fc10.i586.rpm".
(5) Start skype in a terminal. It should Just Work, using default devices for
audio input and output (AFAICS, pulse will be chosen automatically). Test
sound and test call should also work out-of-the-box. At least they did for
me... If it Just Works, you don't need to start it from the terminal anymore.
If it doesn't Just Work, you will probably see a message in the terminal
complaining about not finding "somelibrary.so" or similar. In that case:
(5a) Do a "yum whatprovides somelibrary.so". Yum should reply with
"somepackage.i686" that provides that library.
(5b) Do a "yum install somepackage.i686", and restart skype.
(5c) Repeat (5a)-(5b) until skype stops complaining. But the packages from
step (3) should cover mostly all dependencies.
That's it. This was tested and verified to work on a clean install of F12 from
a 64-bit KDE Live CD, of course after a full "yum update". Anyone having
positive/negative experience with other (non-KDE, non-clean-install) setups,
feel free to share.
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