Saturday, March 31, 2012

Installing Skype on Fedora 16 64-bit

Skype has no 64-bit version for Linux. And since it is now a Microsoft company I am unsure whether there will be any newer version beyond the current 2.20 Beta.

To get it installed on my Fedora 16 64-bit proved to be quite a trying task. After downloading the Fedora RPM, one would think that a simple

yum install skype-

Could have done the trick. Instead I got a

[ericyeoh@harkonen ~]$ skype
skype: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

After trawling through some websites I finally found out that there are some dependencies required. This site provided the answer.

In short you need to:

yum install glibc.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 libXv.i686 alsa-lib.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686

And I got Skype running. And now I await the next instructions from my overlords via Skype...