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 19 – i686/x86_64
- Fedora 20 – i686/x86_64
On Fedora 20+, the real Skype binary is used through a wrapper that sets
PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=30 before running the real binary. As of Skype 188.8.131.52 this is required for proper operation.
To install the repository on a supported Fedora distribution, run as root the following command:
wget http://negativo17.org/repos/fedora-skype.repo -O \ /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-skype.repo
To install the repository on CentOS/RHEL:
wget http://negativo17.org/repos/epel-skype.repo -O \ /etc/yum.repos.d/epel-skype.repo
Then, to install the skype packages, perform the following commands:
yum -y install skype
yum -y install purple-skype
After installing the plugin, restart Pidgin or Empathy and configure your Skype account.
Gnome Shell integration
To enable the additional Gnome Shell integration, after installing the
purple-skype package, point your browser to this Gnome Extensions page and install the extension to have Skype integrated as all the other Gnome accounts.
The address for contacting me is in the package’s changelog.