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What happened to Skype?

Postby buddhaflow on Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:10 pm

Previously, when I've installed Mint 7, Skype was installed by default- I think it was, anyway.

But I just had to wipe the system, and because I've had a few issues with 8, I just installed 7 again.

But this time - no Skype.

Worse, I can't "apt-get install skype". I am SURE that i could do that before!

What happened? Why did Skype leave the repository?

I tried installing through the Mint Software manager - no dice. It says installing, but nothing happens.

I had to download the .deb from skype.com. It installed OK, but it doesn't work. It only gives me one choice of Mic - PulseAudio. It doesn't work. Before I wiped the disc, it gave me four, one of which worked.

My absolute #1 reason for switching to Mint (and donating money to the project) is that Skype "just worked". I have gone through a half dozen distros, and never had a reliable Skype. I live overseas, so skype is beyond indispensable for me. Simply put, if it doesn't work, I can't use the OS. Previously, I switched back to Win32 for almost a year for this single reason, much as it pained me to do so.

So, what's the deal? Why isn't Skype in the repository any more? Why isn't it working?!?
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Re: What happened to Skype?

Postby richyrich on Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:33 pm

Sorry, can't be of any more assistance.
Skype hasn't officially released a .deb specifically for 9.10, but in this tutorial I've found that the 8.10+ .deb file works perfectly on Karmic Koala. I've hadn't had to configure anything to get the mic, sounds or camera to work with my laptop (Dell Studio 1535).


http://friendlytechninja.vndv.com/2009/ ... mic-koala/

http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/s ... ux/choose/

And of course Karmic is the same as Helena. Good luck, richy
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Re: What happened to Skype?

Postby remoulder on Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:56 pm

buddhaflow wrote:Why isn't Skype in the repository any more?


http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1352648
[Edit] your original post and add [SOLVED] once your question is resolved.

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Re: What happened to Skype?

Postby casaduana on Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:53 pm

According to the message when you try to install the Skype program, there are unresolved dependencies. In other words it doesn't work. My personal experience leads me to believe there are problems between Skype and Pulseaudio.

Good luck!
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Re: What happened to Skype?

Postby remoulder on Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:33 am

casaduana wrote:My personal experience leads me to believe there are problems between Skype and Pulseaudio


FWIW, it works perfectly here on LM8 with PA.
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Re: What happened to Skype?

Postby pres on Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:12 pm

The latest Skype from their website works for me as well (Linuxmint 8 x64).

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Re: What happened to Skype?

Postby themew on Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:36 am

pres wrote:The latest Skype from their website works for me as well (Linuxmint 8 x64).

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I agree here as well... Skype x64 on Mint 8 x64 has been working flawlessly for me. No issues to report whatsoever.

Download it from their site as mentioned in previous posts > http://www.skype.com/download/skype/linux/choose/
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