Ubuntu 13.10: Internet-Related Setup



This is my second post in setting up my Ubuntu 13.10 install.  I am working to reinstall my laptop from scratch, and I have grouped all of my notes for my Internet-related programs in this post: email, browsers, VPN, etc.

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Getting Skype to work on Ubuntu 11.10

A while back, I typed up my research on Skype, and I forgot to publish it.  My more recent installations on my current laptop haven’t required as much tinkering to get it to work.  Still this article might help someone, and I already had it put together.  So, here it goes…

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Installing Skype from the Repository

While installing my new laptop, I noticed that Skype was a featured item in the Software Center.  So, here’s my new installation steps for Skype…

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New Skype for Linux Versions!

I kind of let my blog reading get behind, and low and behold, I missed a Skype update.  Skype has a new version that improves many of the problems that I was having with it.  My video even worked after this.  I have had a few Skype calls that worked as well.  I haven’t noticed it just stopping responding either.  Yea Skype!

So, if you use Skype, hit this download link and update your Skype:

Linux Download Link!

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Ubuntu 12.04: Skype

Skype is a communication essential for my system because I have co-workers who use it.  There are plenty of alternatives to Skype, but none of them interact with other Skypers.

Although there are no desktop alternatives, there is one online tool that you can use — http://imo.im. It is a great alternative, but it is not integrated with your desktop.

Currently, Skype works for the most part.  I have trouble with it crashing periodically.  The crashes seem to coincide with changing networks.  For example, if I connect and disconnect from a VPN, I find I am offline even though the icon is green.  I am not sure if I just notice it then or if the connection change triggers it.  The worst part is that I can’t tell that it has crashed until I try to Skype someone and it says it can’t send the message.

So, here’s what I went through to install Skype…

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Skype on Fedora 15

I found a couple of good instructions for installing Skype from their repository. The advantage is that it should keep it up to date assuming Skype publishes updates to the repository.

The repo file I got from here, and I just uploaded it so that I could use wget to install rather than gedit as the other instructions use. Maybe someday I can build an RPM to make it even easier.

Install Steps:

su -c "wget -P /etc/yum.repos.d/ http://digitaleagle.net/fedorastuff/skype.repo"
su -c "yum install skype"

Unfortunately, this didn’t work for my 64bit system:

Running Transaction
  Installing : skype-2.1.0.81-fc10.i586                                     1/1

Installed:
  skype.i586 0:2.1.0.81-fc10

Complete!
[skp@pecan ~]$ locate skype
[skp@pecan ~]$ which skype
/usr/bin/skype
[skp@pecan ~]$ ls -l `which skype
> `
-rwxr-xr-x. 1 root root 18621060 Jan 18  2010 /usr/bin/skype
[skp@pecan ~]$ /usr/bin/skype
bash: /usr/bin/skype: /lib/ld-linux.so.2: bad ELF interpreter: No such file or directory

So, I installed the dependencies mentioned in this thread:

yum install alsa-lib.i686 dbus-libs.i686 e2fsprogs-libs.i686 expat.i686 fontconfig.i686 freetype.i686 glib2.i686 glibc.i686 keyutils-libs.i686 krb5-libs.i686 libcap.i686 libgcc.i686 libICE.i686 libpng.i686 libselinux.i686 libSM.i686 libstdc++.i686 libX11.i686 libXau.i686 libxcb.i686 libXcursor.i686 libXdmcp.i686 libXext.i686 libXfixes.i686 libXi.i686 libXinerama.i686 libXrandr.i686 libXrender.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 libXv.i686 openssl.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 zlib.i686

Then, that finally worked!
Skype starting up for the first time (showing the license screen)

References:

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News: New Skype Version

Seems like it has been a while since we have seen a new version of Skype, but last week, my update manager offered me a new version!  The biggest advantage to me is the improved voice and video quality.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had much of an opportunity to try the voice and video recently.  Skype access is another new feature, but since I have Android tethering, I probably won’t have any need for it.

Download from Here

You can read more details from the blog post.

Here are the new features advertised on the main page:

Skype Access New Feature

Improved Experience

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Check Your Skype Version

I just happened to check out the latest version of Skype today, and sure enough, I didn’t have the latest version: 2.1.0.81.  The release notes say that this new version supports Desktop Sharing!

Check it out here: Download

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Ayatana Project

The other day, I ran across the Ayatana Project.  I guess that is the parent project for some of the applets at the top of the Ubuntu desktop.  The home for the project is here.

I noticed that they have a Evolution indicator.  A Thunderbird version might be nice, and a GMail version would be even better for me.

The indicator applet is what got me started looking at this project.  I currently have Empathy (allows me Google-Talk access) and Evolution in this applet.  I saw a question about Skype, which looked really great.  I would love to see what else they can put in here, like GMail, Skype, Facebook, etc.

Skype + PulseAudio

I have been fighting to get Skype to work so that I could make calls.  Getting PulseAudio to work with Skype has been a challenge. (“Back to Alsa”, “Sound in Jaunty”).

I recently found out that the latest version supports PulseAudio natively!  You can download it from here.  Currently, they are at version 2.1.0.47.

Previously, I had downloaded from the Medibuntu repository, which you can see here.  But, they only offer version 2.0.0.72.

One thing I noticed is that they recommend version 0.9.15 or greater.  You can check to see what version you have with this command:

pulseaudio –version

So, here is a screenshot of the audio setup screen for this new version of Skype.  Notice that PulseAudio is an option now.

screenshot

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