When we talk about Linux, comes to mind that there are many ways to go around with many stuff. Like to be more specific we can install skype through many ways. The way which i will show today is may be not different but will be easy and at the end you will have skype running. As we know, there are always errors like segmentation fault, skype cannot run etc etc. To avoid all these hazels, lets go through a very easy and step by step method. 1st download skype rpm from skype website, choose openSUSE 11+.
Now create a directory on your hard drive(anywhere) which you think is safe(means, directory to be there after new installation(OS) in case you don’t want to download it again). I put it in my backup drive, /backup/Applications/openSUSE/RPMs.
Now lets start the process of installation,
1- Open YaST, choose ‘software repositories’, click on ‘Add’ button, choose ‘Local directory’ from the list, click next and browse for the directory where you put the RPM files. Give a name of your choice and done.
2- Now open ‘software management’ from YaST, and search for skype word. Ok, now just mark it for installation. It will automatically resolve some of the important dependencies but not all(to my knowledge). Don’t worry we are coming to the missing one in a while.
Hint: If you are installing it on 64bit system, as of now(till now) skype is 32bit so we need all the 32bit libs it need to work with, some of them it will pull automatically while installing it, and the missing one we will figure it out.
3- We are almost done, try to run it from the menu. Nothing happened, open terminal and type skype and hit enter. Got some clue, it will throw the error and tell you what is missing. Just open software management and install the missing dependency from there. Remember to install 32bit version of the lib.
Some of the missing libs i would like to mention here: (all you need to do is install 32bit libs for the following).
libqt4 , libqt4-x11 , libasound , xorg-x11 .
That’s it, i hope this time you will have the working copy of skype integrated with your OS.
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