Skype is a very popular cross platform VOIP service giving you free Skype to Skype calls over the net in addition to many other services including video calls. It is available to download from them in a variety of formats and the one we use here is the tar.bz2 Dynamic version.
Below are two ways to install Skype on Centos 6/RHEL, one using the Skype web site and the other using nux-dextop repo.
First we need Qt4 as it is a dependency for both.
$ sudo yum -y install qt4 or
$ sudo yum --enablerepo=epel install qt4
Skype web site
First go there and get the Dynamic version in tar.bz2 format
Download to your home directory.
$ sudo su
Move to an install dir and extract it (I use /usr/share)
# cd /usr/share and untar it
# tar xjf /home/<user_name>/skype_version.bz2
Create a symlink in /usr/bin
# ln -s /usr/share/<skype_directory>/skype /usr/bin/skype
Switch back to normal user and run it with
|Skype Logon Centos|
|Skype UI Centos|
To obtain the repo first install wget if not already installed
$ sudo yum -y install wget
$ wget http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/dextop/el6/i386/nux-dextop-release-0-1.el6.nux.noarch.rpm
$ wget http://li.nux.ro/download/nux/dextop/el6/x86_64/nux-dextop-release-0-1.el6.nux.noarch.rpm
for the repo pack
$ sudo rpm -Uvh nux-dextop-release-0-1.el6.nux.noarch.rpm
to install it, then disable it.
$ sudo vi /etc/yum.repos.d/nux-dextop.repo set enabled to '0'
$ sudo yum -y --enablerepo=nux-dextop install skype
Run it with
See Fluxbox key bindings for more.
For additional repos see the repos page.
Labels: Centos 6, RHEL, Skype