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Old 06-09-2017, 10:41 AM   #1
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Installing Skype


I am running current and have the SBo skype package installed. I have the most recent SBo version installed which is a 4.3 generation which will no longer work as of July 1.

There is a .deb and .rpm package available on the skype download site. I know that slackware has tools for working with RPM packages. My question is, has anyone tried installing the .rpm package on slackware-current and if so were there any issues? Also, did you just use the rpm program or did you use rpm2txz?

Thanks.
 
Old 06-09-2017, 10:46 AM   #2
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maybe see this busy thread will help?
 
Old 06-09-2017, 11:01 AM   #3
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There will be a new skypeforlinux script which will work after July 1. It will be merged in the next public update this weekend
 
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Old 06-09-2017, 11:02 AM   #4
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The next public update, sometime tomorrow or the day after, will bring you a new 'skypeforlinux' SlackBuild for Skype version 5.3.0.1. The 'skype' SlackBuild will be withdrawn sometime after 1 July, if Microsoft really does kill version 4.3 as they have indicated.

The changes are already available in git if you don't want to wait for the update.
https://git.slackbuilds.org/slackbui.../?id=766378bbd
https://git.slackbuilds.org/slackbui.../?id=54e6f60e6

Thanks to Mario Preksavec who organised it all earlier this week.

edit: I'm just too slow today

Last edited by 55020; 06-09-2017 at 11:08 AM. Reason: hi willysr :D
 
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Old 06-09-2017, 11:04 AM   #5
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There will be a new skypeforlinux script which will work after July 1. It will be merged in the next public update this weekend
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The next public update, sometime tomorrow or the day after, will bring you a new 'skypeforlinux' SlackBuild for Skype version 5.3.0.1. The 'skype' SlackBuild will be withdrawn sometime after 1 July, if Microsoft really does kill version 4.3 as they have indicated.

The changes are already available in git if you don't want to wait for the update.
https://git.slackbuilds.org/slackbui.../?id=766378bbd
https://git.slackbuilds.org/slackbui.../?id=54e6f60e6

Thanks to Mario Preksavec who organised it all earlier this week.
That is tremendous. Thanks both for the information.
 
Old 06-09-2017, 04:54 PM   #6
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Well I'll be damned!!!!! No 32bit support? I guess I gotta upgrade to 64bit if I wanna use the new skype.
 
Old 06-09-2017, 08:09 PM   #7
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So one less reason for using multi-lib?
 
Old 06-09-2017, 11:17 PM   #8
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it's now available in SBo
 
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Old 06-10-2017, 07:06 PM   #9
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it's now available in SBo
I Installed it and it seems to work. Thanks.
 
Old 06-11-2017, 01:57 AM   #10
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So one less reason for using multi-lib?
Certainly appears so!

The skypeforlinux Slackbuild works well.
 
Old 06-11-2017, 04:14 AM   #11
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Thanks to all involved for their efforts to get this working! Skype was the only thing left for which I had to use windoze!

However, I have a couple of questions. On the old Linux client and the widows one, there was a facility for adjusting the audio levels on the mic. This seems to have disappeared. Is this now configured by pulseaudio, or is there still a hidden gain control somewhere in skype? Also, there used to be a settings menu where you could check the webcam function. This also seems to have disappeared, and the bill-on-skype test facility no longer seems to work. How do you test the webcam function?

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Old 06-11-2017, 04:49 AM   #12
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On the old Linux client and the widows one, there was a facility for adjusting the audio levels on the mic. This seems to have disappeared. Is this now configured by pulseaudio, or is there still a hidden gain control somewhere in skype?
This is controlled by pulseaudio. You should be able to adjust it in the "Capture Devices" section of your mixer.
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How do you test the webcam function?
Make a video call... Even if you try with someone who is offline, you should be able to see if it works for a few sec.
 
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:19 AM   #13
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Thanks for that! I don't use skype much - just to keep in touch with my son and his family once a week (they live a fair distance away!). I've been forced to use windoze until now, but every time I use it, it either spends ages updating windoze or skype before allowing me to actually *use* it, which is very annoying when someone is waiting for a pre-arranged call!

It would be *really* handy to be able to check the camera - for lighting, if nothing else - as there is a window behind where we usually sit to call. If we don't draw the curtains, we just appear as silhouettes! It usually takes me 5 mins of faffing about to get a decent image, but it appears this facility no longer exists!

Well done Micro$oft!

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Old 06-14-2017, 08:09 AM   #14
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Just a quick follow-up. I actually did a call on this new version and sound and video both worked great. One thing I noticed is it seems the ability to share your screen has disappeared from this version. At least I couldn't find how to do it.
 
Old 06-18-2017, 12:06 PM   #15
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Hmm! I tried to use it in anger for the first time today, and had to abandon the video call. I was using my small, and admittedly under-powered, laptop, with my TV connected via HDMI. Now this combination has no problem displaying full HD video on the TV, with only about a 20% cpu load, so the low quality video of skype should have been a walk in the park. However, the video refresh rate was only about 1 or 2 Hz, with a black bar scrolling through. Our image at the other end was the same. Rebooted the laptop into windoze, and it worked fine - well, at least as well as it usually does.

I really thought I was going to be able to purge windoze off the machine, as skype is the only thing it gets used for. I'm rather disappointed, but not surprised.....

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