The purple-skype plugin allows you to use Skype accounts in Pidgin or Empathy. With the proper Gnome extension it also allows you to have shell notifications, a search provider to find Skype contacts, and a Skype menu button that displays the current online presence.
This packages try to comply as maximum to the Fedora Packaging Guidelines; which means they have debuginfo packages, default Fedora’s GCC compile time options (where possible) and standard locations for binaries, data and docs.
Additional libraries that are normally fetched during Skype’s provided package are pulled during Skype installation. This avoids looking on the web for information on how to install missing packages and libraries. Since the package installs in the normal Fedora filesystem layout, the package also installs an exclusion for
prelink that prevents prelinking in corrupting the binary.
Skype is available only in 32 bit format, so on a 64 bit a 32 bit client will always be installed.
Supported CentOS/RHEL and Fedora distributions for skype and purple-skype:
- CentOS/RHEL 6 – i686/x86_64
- CentOS/RHEL 7 – x86_64
- Fedora 20 – i686/x86_64
- Fedora 21 – i686/x86_64
- Fedora 22 – i686/x86_64
The wrapper that sets
PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=30 before running the real binary is no longer needed with version 220.127.116.11+.
To install the repository on a supported Fedora distribution, run as root the following command:
To install the repository on CentOS/RHEL:
Then, to install the skype packages, perform the following commands:
yum -y install skype
For purple-skype plugins:
yum -y install skype4pidgin
After installing the plugin, restart Pidgin or Empathy and configure your Skype account.
The package provides four different plugins, as you can see in the picture:
- Skype (Network) – Full network client (not working at the moment)
- Skype (D-Bus) – D-Bus interface, this will launch the Skype client in background
- Skype – X11 interface, this will launch the Skype client in background
- Skype (HTTP) – New HTTP(S) interface, this one does not require the client running
Gnome Shell integration
If you’re not interested in Pidgin and just want to use Skype in Gnome; you can enable the additional Gnome Shell extension for further integration. After installing the
skype package, point your browser to this Gnome Extensions page and install the extension to have Skype integrated as all the other Gnome accounts (notifications, etc.).
The address for contacting me is in the package’s changelog.