Skype 4 for Linux

My kids like Skype for doing video calls with me when I’m on the road. As a result I’ve begun re-installing it on all my machines, including the Linux workstation.

While there are binary packages for a number of different distros, RHEL/SciLinux/CentOS are not among them. That’s OK, because the only release of the version 4.0 software that will work on EL 6 is the one compiled with statically. The file to download is:

skype_static-4.0.0.8.tar.bz2

In addition to un-archiving to the venerable /opt/skype folder, the following symlinks should be created:

ln -s /opt/skype /usr/share/skype
ln -s /opt/skype/skype /usr/bin/skype
ln -s /usr/lib/libtiff.so.3 /usr/lib/libtiff.so.4
cp /opt/skype/icons/SkypeBlue_32x32.png /usr/share/pixmaps/skype.png

Then copy skype.desktop to /usr/share/applications.

P.S. My machines are all pretty well-travelled developer/sysadmin workstations with both the 64 and 32-bit packages for just about everything, but on a recent rebuild of my home workstation from scratch I had to add these 32-bit rpms:

libXv.i686
alsa-lib.i686
libXScrnSaver.i686
libtiff.i686
glib2.i686
libXrender.i686
fontconfig.i686

When configuring for your speakers and microphone keep in mind that this Skype distribution is compiled against the alsa libraries and so only works with the ALSA sound subsystem. My latest setup required me to use the following Sound Device settings:

Microphone: HDA Intel, STAC92xx Analog Front speakers (front:CARD=Intel,DEV=0)
Speakers: HDA Intel, STAC92xx Analog Front speakers (front:CARD=Intel,DEV=0)
Ringing: HDA Intel, STAC92xx Analog Front speakers (front:CARD=Intel,DEV=0)