Friday, December 26, 2008

Skype on ubuntu 64 bit

Upgraded my laptop to ubuntu 8.10 64 bit today. The Microphone works finally !!
Decided to install skype but apparently, the skype download page doesn't give a link to skype for 64 bit linux. The 32 bit version wouldn't install with gdebi ! Searched a bit online, and came across this page:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=432295

The gist of the page is

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs lib32asound2 libasound2-plugins; wget -N boundlesssupremacy.com/Cappy/getlibs/getlibs-all.deb; wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-ubuntu-amd64; sudo dpkg -i skype-install.deb; sudo dpkg -i getlibs-all.deb; sudo getlibs -p libqtcore4 libqtgui4 bluez-alsa
NOTE: That is the procedure for 8.10. For others it may be different.

Also, I'm not sure, but I guess, this link will work:
http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-ubuntu-amd64
If anyone's trying to install 64 bit skype, please download that from the above link and try installing with gdebi / dpkg. If it works, that's actually a better option I suppose. Please post a comment, if did/did-not work for you!

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3 comments:

Varghese Mathew said...

I also noted, there's an oss version of skype available off the skype website. Not sure if it works.. maybe I should compile and see sometime.

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Richard said...

you could just go here and install medibuntu repositories... and then apt-get the lot....
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu#head-7486ed038a9becc1dff10a24cc07a38a00d70e9f

neildomo said...

FWIW, I have ubuntu 8.10 (64bit). The skype oss version ran, but sound did not work. I downloaded the 64bit .deb version from your skype.com link, and it's working. I had to change the sound device to 'pulse' and I could hear test sounds then.