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How to install the latest skype from website
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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jul 2013, 01:22    Post_subject:  How to install the latest skype from website  

Download the latest dynamic skype for linux:


If the link does not work you can surf to it from:


Install (by load-on-the-fly for example) qt-4.8.2-stripped.sfs from:


Click on the .tar.bz2 archive of the downloaded skype. Select all and extract to /usr/local. Copy /usr/local/skype-xxxxx/skype to /usr/bin/skype. Open with geany a new file and put in it:

#export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so
#export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so
exec skype

Save it as skype4.2 in /usr/bin and give it execute permissions. Create a link to the desktop of /usr/bin/skype4.2 to launch it. Test skype4.2 by launching it clicking on the desktop link.
If your webcam does not work in skype install v4l-utils for your puppy. In precise you find v4l-utils in ubuntu repository. For slacko 5.5 you find v4l-utils to:


For lucid you find v4l-utils to:


For wary you find v4l-utils to:


Open with geany /usr/bin/skype4.2 and uncomment one libv4l preload a time to find the right one which works for you. Example:

#export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so
export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so
exec skype

Save the change and test webcam in skype by launching skype4.2 clicking on the desktop link.

The latest skype works in precise and slacko 5.5. In older puppies it could not work. Use skype-

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Aug 2013, 05:08    Post_subject:  

In case this is helpful to users using older puppies - skype works in slacko-533 and also in akita. You don't need to install qt4 as an extra with this one. I presume it, or whatever version of qt it uses, is statically built in.
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