How to Install Skype on Mageia 3

Hello Mageia Enthusiasts.

In this article I will show you how to install the latest Skype version available on Mageia 3. If you try to install the Fedora or OpenSUSE Skype packages, you will get a lot of dependency issues.

Download and Install the skype*.rpm package for mageia 3, working on both 32 and 64 bit systems:

$ su root
# urpmi ftp://ftp.nluug.nl/pub/os/Linux/distr/mageia/distrib/cauldron/i586/media/nonfree/release/get-skype-4.1.0.20-2.mga3.nonfree.noarch.rpm

Now, skype should be installed on your Mageia 3 box. However, there are a lot of issues with using Skype on Mageia 3.

Check if you sound works, if not, install libpulseaudio0, if you don’t have it installed:

# urpmi libpulseaudio0

By default, skype is launched by /usr/bin/skype:

If you still have issues with skype, try launching it by:

/usr/share/skype/skype

This command avoids using the v4l (Video4Linux) compatibility wrapper which may make problems.

If your skype works now, alias the /usr/share/skype/skype to skype, so that you don’t forget and open it by /usr/bin/skype:

alias skype='/usr/share/skype/skype'

If this does not work, try running Skype logged in as root. I have read on some forums that for some Mageia users, it works perfect run as root.

If this does not work either, install the package for mageia 2, because it is compatible:

# urpmi ftp://distrib-coffee.ipsl.jussieu.fr/pub/linux/Mageia/distrib/cauldron/x86_64/media/nonfree/release/get-skype-2.2.0.35-19.mga2.nonfree.noarch.rpm

If still no success, try using the skype version from the default repository:

Remove old skype versions: urpme get-skype

# urpmi get-skype

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