Installing Skype on openSUSE 11.2 – 64 bit

Installing Skype on openSUSE 11.2 – 64 bit

Skype is provided pre-packaged for openSUSE for 32 bit systems. However the RPM can be used without difficulty also on 64 bit systems, since openSUSE transparently manages bi-architecture packages. Unfortunately the 32 bit RPM does not install all the dependencies it needs to work correctly, and you have to fix them by hand as follows:

  • Install the skype rpm by typing in a root terminal: rpm -Uvh skype-
  • Open YaST software installer
  • Search and select the following packages
    • xorg-x11-libXv-32bit
    • libqt4-32bit
    • libqt4-x11-32bit
  • Accept the additional dependencies proposed by the installer and proceed with the installation

At this point, you should be able to run skype without any difficulty.

Enjoy :mrgreen:

25 thoughts on “Installing Skype on openSUSE 11.2 – 64 bit

  1. Jorge

    Thanks. Me too, but….
    My 1st experience was to install skype and then, at calling it, install the packages it asks for (which, by memory, should be ones cited above). Then the id/passw windows comes, I put in and then … “abort” was the message. To me, the installation order made a difference, so back again, first I made the packages and then the skype rpm … as stated (might it have been through yast2?). Some more skilled linux people might tell why/if this is so, really. Anyway, now I get my skype running. Fine.

    1. Alberto Post author

      Thanks for your comment, but the order in which the RPM’s are installed should not be important. I installed Skype and then the dependencies myself. The only thing I can think to is that library paths might need to be refreshed.


  2. Ariel

    Thank you SOOOO much!!!
    I just installed openSUSE and since I need Skype for Uni I was about to give on this distro. Thanks again!!!

  3. Jack

    Excellent help, skype should hire you, they can’t fix this.
    Thanks for taking the time to fix, and then to share.

  4. eisi

    Thanks so much for your solution. I don’t know how you found it out but great idea to share this one….

    Works pefect on Suse 11.2 64 bit

    1. Alberto Post author

      I use Skype regularly on openSUSE 11.4 – 64 bit without any problem. Maybe you should check your configuration.