Hi, I am also a newbie having installed Suse Linux 10.2 64 bit. As there is a huge learning curve ahead for me I thought it best to get my most used windows applications running first. Skype loaded OK, but I could not use the USB phone.
After much reading of these forums, I found that if you install it as a USB sound card with the phone plugged in it works. It does not affect the main sound card at all. You then need to go into skype and tell it to use the USB sound card for calls.
I hope this answers your question, as it is my first reply to a post and I don't want to be shouted at by all the very clever people here.