Added features like Social Spaces, SMS, and larger conference calls.

Application Details:

Version: 2.5.X
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 0.9.25.

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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What works

Not Much!

What does not

Graphics,Pictures,Sending Files, Receiving Files,Talk,Video Talk,Bulgarian Menus. . .


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Additional Comments

It's Absolutly Garbage!!!Dont install it!

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 6.06 "Dapper" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 12 20060.9.25.No Not installable GarbagePolitia 
ShowFedora Core 5Dec 13 20060.9.24.Yes Yes Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowGentoo LinuxMay 12 20060.9.13.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowSUSE 10.0May 12 20060.9.12.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowGentoo LinuxMay 08 20060.9.12.Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Native version available
There is a native Linux version of Skype available at the official Skype website.

Also you can use Skype for a web browser.

HOWTO Skype 2.5 with Wine

1. Install Wine 0.9.21 (verified) and begin with a fresh ~./wine directory.

2. Install Skype (verified) from and the SkypeSetup.exe file. The installer should run flawlessly.

3. Run #winecfg and select Windows XP mode for Skype.exe if it's not already done. You may use the ALSA sound driver with this program, however OSS will work just as well.

4. Run Skype.exe from it's working directory and apply any settings necessary to use your sound board(s). The menus will not be active later.

5. Run #winecfg again and select Win98 mode for Skype.exe so that video support will not be enabled and calls can be placed without the program crashing. This mode, unfortunately, disables the menus, so you cannot change settings without using WinXP mode.

6. Use Skype!

Known Bugs:

- WinXP/2000 Mode crashes the client when placing a call because it tries to probe for video support.
- Win98 Mode causes a bug in the pulldown menus
- Echo123 testing service is non-functional (fixed 0.9.13)
- Minor graphical glitches
- Initially, placing a call will cause DSound buffering problems and will stutter for the first few seconds.
- aRts sound driver does not work properly
- ESD sound driver does not work properly

Any problem related to microphone issues is most likely a problem with your mixer settings.  Look for a "capture" channel and unmute/adjust volume on it.  Also, make sure that if your card has modular mic/line inputs that your mic channel is selected for that jack.

Driver issues have also been reported with intel8x0 drivers, where you cannot run the card in full duplex without setting up a dmix profile for ALSA (see the Gentoo-Wiki for hints on how to do this).  emu10k1 drivers also have been reported to crash in full duplex mode. 

These problems are not actually problems with Wine or Skype!