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matuk_444 06-11-2007 09:16 AM

Skype on Kubuntu 7.04 64bit

I am trying to install skype on my Asus 64bit laptop but there are no 64 bit builds. Can anyone give me a solution for this.


Gethyn 06-11-2007 09:37 AM

You need to install a 32-bit compatibility layer, and then install the 32-bit version. There's information about it on the Skype website, just search the web for it.

Incidentally, if you're just interested in a VOIP program, not necessarily Skype, there are many others out there, and many of them have much better Linux support. If it really has to be Skype, consider contacting them to let them know you need a 64-bit version. They largely seem to be ignoring Linux, the more people who hassle them to improve their support the more likely they are to actually do something about it.

matuk_444 06-11-2007 10:03 AM

I saw the stuff about the compatibility layer and wasn't quite sure what I had to do to install it. Is there a package I install from apt?

What other VoIP programs are there? Do they have good support for linux and windows?


Gethyn 06-11-2007 03:13 PM

I expect there is a package for the 32-bit compatibility layer, but since I don't use a 64-bit processor I've not tried installing it. "Ubuntu skype 64" on Google turns up a number of links which will probably explain in some detail.

As for other programs, there are quite a number of them that support SIP, which is an open protocol (as opposed to Skype's, which is closed). Wikipedia has a list of SIP software, which includes a number of Linux clients (as well as Windows). Ekiga and kphone are some of the better known ones, but there are several others. I'm afraid I haven't actually got round to setting up SIP myself, so I can't really give you any more detailed information.

Good luck!

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