[CentOS] Installing skype in CentOS 5

Mon Nov 12 07:17:58 UTC 2007
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

Andrew Allen wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-11-09 at 03:47 +0100, Dag Wieers wrote:
>> On Thu, 8 Nov 2007, Andrew Allen wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2007-11-07 at 13:06 -0800, James A. Peltier wrote:
>>>> Andrew Allen wrote:
>>>>> Having just upgraded my system from CentOS 4.4 to 5.0, I'm a bit
>>>>> disappointed that I still can't install skype from the skype repo using
>>>>> yum - when I try yum install skype, I end up with:
>>>>> libsigc++20-2.0.17-1.el5. 100% |=========================| 217 kB
>>>>> 00:13
>>>>> ---> Package libsigc++20.i386 0:2.0.17-1.el5.rf set to be updated
>>>>> --> Running transaction check
>>>>> --> Processing Dependency: qt4-x11 >= 4.2 for package: skype
>>>>> --> Finished Dependency Resolution
>>>>> Error: Missing Dependency: qt4-x11 >= 4.2 is needed by package skype
>>>>> Any ideas please as to how this can be overcome so that I can install
>>>>> and run this very useful utility?
>>>> I had a hell of a time getting this to work.  I ended up installing the
>>>> older version of skype (
>>>> As far as usefulness goes, you may want to look at alternatives such as
>>>> Ekiga, which are free, cross platform and use open standards.   It's far
>>>> less useful when it has had the video guts ripped out of it (which the
>>>> GNU/Linux client does not support video).
>>>> Ekiga is in CentOS 5 base.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Actually Ekiga is already installed in my CentOS 5 system - one question
>>> though - can I communicate with skype users via Ekiga?
>> How about using the Beta skype at:
>> 	http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/linux/beta/choose/
>> The offer a package specially made for CentOS and you only require qt4. I
>> installed it without any problems. Haven't tested the video-stuff yet
>> though :/
> Thanks Dag,
> Im a bit puzzled though because, according to my previous yum operation
> (see above), skype needs qt 4.2 (as the missing dependency error
> indicates) and the link above also says that the beta skype for CentOS
> needs qt 4.2.1+ - but yum list skype on my system says  
> qt.i386          1:3.3.6-20.el5         installed 
> Is this OK for the beta skype or do I need to update to
> qt.i386          1:3.3.6-23.el5
> or what?

The RPMS in question are not designed for CentOS, but are designed for

Skype makes a statically compiled version of the program.  I use it
every day on CentOS-5 without problem.

Upgrading to QT 4 is not, IMHO, a very good idea if you want other
things to work that are compile against qt3 ... that is just my opinion.

Johnny Hughes

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