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    Default Skype client on OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 64 bit

    Skype client installation for OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1:
    skype-4.2.0.11-suse.i586.rpm


    1. Download The lates skype client for OpenSUSE as an RPM file, 32 bit version is fine.
    2. Start YaST2, add a software repository with a local path pointing to the downloaded RPM file.
    3. In YaST2 software management search for Skype and follow the standard installation routine.
    It worked for me on OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 64 bit and it was as easy as pie.
    A working soundsystem and a camera are required to use all features of the Skype client.

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    Default Re: Skype client on OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 64 bit

    Also working for me BUT webcam NOT.

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    Default Re: Skype client on OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 64 bit

    If you run into the problem of a loud sound coming out of your speaker instead of the usual happy Skype sounds, try starting skype like this:
    Code:
    PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype
    See PulseAudio 4.0 and Skype for more.

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    Default Re: Skype client on OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrdr View Post
    Skype client installation for OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1:
    skype-4.2.0.11-suse.i586.rpm


    1. Download The lates skype client for OpenSUSE as an RPM file, 32 bit version is fine.
    2. Start YaST2, add a software repository with a local path pointing to the downloaded RPM file.
    3. In YaST2 software management search for Skype and follow the standard installation routine.
    It worked for me on OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 64 bit and it was as easy as pie.
    A working soundsystem and a camera are required to use all features of the Skype client.
    Also for me the RC1 64 bit worked fine but not the final distribution, got the alarm: Echo/sound test service: Problem with audio playback.
    Somewhere in the net was instruction: install alsa-plugins-pulse-32bit using yast.
    Now skype works as usually.

    impo

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    Default Re: Skype client on OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 64 bit

    Thanks to all. But I think it will be just time for skype to be compiled for x64 arh. on opensuse. I can't understand why they didn't do it yet. I'm really anointed with double installs for the same function. It look like that we all uses linux just like a toy on old 32nit machines. Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Skype client on OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by cingulingu1 View Post
    Thanks to all. But I think it will be just time for skype to be compiled for x64 arh. on opensuse. I can't understand why they didn't do it yet.
    Well, it's closed-source, proprietary software.
    You can't just compile it for 64bit.

    At least no one other than Microsoft can.

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    Default Re: Skype client on OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 64 bit

    On 12/01/2013 04:26 AM, wolfi323 wrote:
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    > cingulingu1;2604134 Wrote:
    >> Thanks to all. But I think it will be just time for skype to be compiled
    >> for x64 arh. on opensuse. I can't understand why they didn't do it yet.

    > Well, it's closed-source, proprietary software.
    > You can't just compile it for 64bit.


    I agree. For most applications, and certainly for drivers, it is generally not
    possible to take a 32-bit program and simply recompile it. The difference
    between a pointer being 32 bits, and suddenly jumping to 64 bits can cause many
    subtle problems unless the coding was done correctly in the first instance. In
    some cases, the compiler will warn of the problem, but in others, the first
    indication of problems will be a segmentation fault, or incorrect results.
    Better to run some 32-bit libraries than to have skype crash because you hit a
    path the skype engineers had not tested.


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    Default Re: Skype client on OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by cingulingu1 View Post
    It look like that we all uses linux just like a toy on old 32nit machines.
    Sorry to read of your Skype problems.

    I use two old 32-bit machine with GNU/Linux (openSUSE). Neither are toys and I obtain good use of them.

    I think 'all' is more an expression of understandable frustration, than an accurate assessment.

    Again, sorry to read of your Skype problems.
    Last edited by oldcpu; 01-Dec-2013 at 22:49.

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    Default Re: Skype client on OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by jospoortvliet View Post
    If you run into the problem of a loud sound coming out of your speaker instead of the usual happy Skype sounds, try starting skype like this:
    Code:
    PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype
    See PulseAudio 4.0 and Skype for more.
    manythanks, I solved in my fresh installation of 13.1 on my samsung RV520 laptop, as your link say I modified the line of /usr/share/application/skype.desktop
    Code:
    Exec=skype %U
    in
    Exec=env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype %U
    you and the site also suggest to use only
    Code:
    PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype
    is there any difference between the two solutions??

    then, the first time I tried to modify the line in this way:
    as superuser in dolphin rightclick>skype.desktop>properties>application-tab in the command field I inserted
    env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype %U

    but it result in an endless update system configuration, is this a bug??
    then I modified the file with kwrite as superuser and now it works,

    manythanks, :-) ciao :-) pier

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    Default Re: Skype client on OpenSUSE 13.1 RC1 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by pier_andreit View Post
    manythanks, I solved in my fresh installation of 13.1 on my samsung RV520 laptop, as your link say I modified the line of /usr/share/application/skype.desktop
    Code:
    Exec=skype %U
    in
    Exec=env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype %U
    you and the site also suggest to use only
    Code:
    PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype
    is there any difference between the two solutions??
    Yes, the first one applies when you run Skype from the icon in the application launcher, the second one is what you should type in a terminal window if you want to run it from there.

    then, the first time I tried to modify the line in this way:
    as superuser in dolphin rightclick>skype.desktop>properties>application-tab in the command field I inserted
    env PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 skype %U
    Don't do this as super user. In that case it would only apply for the super user, i.e. when you run it as normal user it still would not work.
    You would have to do this as _user_ to have effect for that user.

    but it result in an endless update system configuration, is this a bug??
    Yes. I had this problem in KDE3 already, ~10 years ago.
    https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=166792
    The configuration change _is_ saved though, what doesn't work (under certain circumstances) is the notifying of KDE and all apps of the changes.
    Just run "kbuildsycoca4" manually, or log out/in to make everything aware of the configuration change.

    then I modified the file with kwrite as superuser and now it works,
    That's the correct way to do it, this applies to _all_ users.

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