Skype is an open source and free to use VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) application that enables users to make video calls, voice calls and instant messaging over the network on the computer.
On November 15 2012, Skype 4.1 for Linux has been released and brings two new features: easier conversations (now you can easily manage all your recent chats at one place) and the ability to make chat with your Windows Live Messenger friends on Skype using Windows Messenger ID (enable access to manage all contacts from Microsoft services like Live Messenger, Outlook.com and Hotmail).
When you start Skype 4.1, you will see two login option, one is your regular Skype account and another is using Windows Live Messenger where it will be asked you to merge your Skype and Live accounts. This can be done at once only, don’t worry you can still use your regular Skype account, simply sign out and you will again get two login options.
Skype 4.1 Features
- Chat with your Windows Live Messenger friends on Skype.
- Sign in using your existing Microsoft account.
- Better video quality for video chat.
The newest version currently is not yet made available in Yum repository so you need download and install it manually.
This article guides you how to install Skype 4.1 on Fedora 17,16 using Skype’s own rpm package.
Installing Dependency Packages
First, install required dependency packages for Skype 4.1 with YUM tool.
# yum install libXrender.i686 libstdc++.i686 fontconfig.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 qt-x11.i686 qt.i686 glib2.i686 zlib.i686 freetype.i686 alsa-lib.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 libXi.i686 libXv.i686 libXrandr.i686 libSM.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 pulseaudio-libs-glib2.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686
Downloading Skype 4.1 RPM
Next, download latest Skype 4.1 rpm package using the Wget command under /tmp directory.
# cd /tmp # wget http://download.skype.com/linux/skype-126.96.36.199-fedora.i586.rpm
Installing Skype 4.1 RPM
Run the following rpm command to install Skype.
# rpm -ivh skype-188.8.131.52-fedora.i586.rpm
Finally, launch the Skype by executing the following command on the terminal.
Installation and download instructions for other Linux distributions can be found at Skype.
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