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Installing Skype on Centos 5.5

There are a couple of options for installing Skype on Centos 5.5

http://www.skype.com/intl/en/get-skype/on-your-computer/linux/post-download/

Dynamic
Static

Dynamic means to dynamically link to libraries, and will require you to meet the dependencies of skype, while static is a larger package which meets those requirements. I went with static.

First, make a directory to download the code to (you can use /tmp if you want):

mkdir /usr/share/skype

wget http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-beta-static
(alternatively: wget http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-beta-dynamic )
#upack the download
tar jxvf skype_static-2.1.0.81.tar.bz2
cd skype_static-2.1.0.81/

less README

cp skype /usr/bin/skype
cp -r avatars/* /usr/share/skype/
cp -r lang/* /usr/share/skype/
cp -r sounds/* /usr/share/skype/

skype

And your skype should be up and running!

11 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. George Manyali

    NSTALLING SKYPE ON CENTOS 5.5 LINUX MACHINE
    Static version of skype for linux seem to work better than dynamic one in centos 5.5

    you can install skype at different places/directories say home directory or /opt. Here ,installation is done to opt.
    #cd /tmp
    #wget http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-beta-static
    #cd /opt
    #tar jxvf /tmp/skype_static-2.1.0.81.tar.bz2
    #ln -s skype_static-2.1.0.81.tar.bz2 skype

    for sound to work you need to link skype to /usr/share/skype
    #ln -s /opt/skype /usr/share/skype
    be sure not to install skype in /tmp, if that happens then do this
    #su -c “mv skype_static-2.1.0.81 /opt/”

  2. video calling with friend and family

  3. maurizio

    I’m a linux newbie, so be patient. I follow the instructions in the commenti because I wanted to install skype in /usr/local. I think there’s an error:
    # ln -s skype_static-2.1.0.81/ skype
    and not #ln -s skype_static-2.1.0.81.tar.bz2 skype
    am I correct? Anyway, something went wrong. If I type ‘skype’ in the terminal I obtain ‘bash: skype: command not found’. Please, what’s wrong?

  4. I upgraded 2 machines from Centos to Centos 5.5 and now my microphones on both machines does not work with skype. Was working on both before the upgrade.

  5. parinpatel83

    i want to skype

  6. No, it does not.

    skype_static-2.2.0.25

    [Wavebourn@localhost ~]$ skype
    skype: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.9′ not found (required by skype)
    [Wavebourn@localhost ~]$ rpm -q glibc
    glibc-2.5-58.el5_6.2
    [Wavebourn@localhost ~]$ uname -a
    Linux localhost.localdomain 2.6.18-194.32.1.el5 #1 SMP Wed Jan 5 17:53:09 EST 2011 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
    [Wavebourn@localhost ~]$

  7. Ben

    I had the same problemas ANATOLIY:

    [root@d630 skype_static-2.2.0.35]# cp skype /usr/bin/skype
    [root@d630 skype_static-2.2.0.35]# cp -r avatars/* /usr/share/skype/
    [root@d630 skype_static-2.2.0.35]# cp -r lang/* /usr/share/skype/
    [root@d630 skype_static-2.2.0.35]# cp -r sounds/* /usr/share/skype/
    [root@d630 skype_static-2.2.0.35]# skype
    skype: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.9′ not found (required by skype)

  8. Raju

    Even I am facing the same issue

    [root@alik-1 skype_static-2.2.0.35]# skype
    skype: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.9′ not found (required by skype)

  9. dixan

    [root@localhost skype_static-2.2.0.35]# cp skype /usr/bin/skype
    [root@localhost skype_static-2.2.0.35]# cp -r avatars/* /usr/share/skype/
    [root@localhost skype_static-2.2.0.35]# cp -r lang/* /usr/share/skype/
    [root@localhost skype_static-2.2.0.35]# cp -r sounds/* /usr/share/skype/
    [root@localhost skype_static-2.2.0.35]# ./skype
    ./skype: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.9′ not found (required by ./skype)

  10. Ravi Abeyratna

    First run following command;

    yum whatprovides libstdc++.so.6

    Then follow the above process with “skype_static-2.1.0.81.tar.bz2″

  11. sivaraman.g

    Hi
    mkdir /usr/share/skype

    wget http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-beta-static
    (alternatively: wget http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-beta-dynamic )
    #upack the download
    tar jxvf skype_static-2.1.0.81.tar.bz2
    cd skype_static-2.1.0.81/

    less README

    cp skype /usr/bin/skype
    cp -r avatars/* /usr/share/skype/
    cp -r lang/* /usr/share/skype/
    cp -r sounds/* /usr/share/skype/

    skype

    Thanks for the above solution.

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