Sunday, December 21, 2008

Installing Skype on an XO laptop

I successfully installed Skype with video and did a test call from my XO laptop (build 720) today. I used a version of these instructions. Note: Skype will probably need to be reinstalled each time the xo laptop is upgraded. Warning: Skype isn't really meant for the xo - this install creates several zombie processes each time Skype is started, and the sound quality is definitely inferior.

  1. Install Skype
    #mkdir /home/olpc/skype
    #cd skype
    #yum --nogpgcheck -y localinstall skype-
    #rpm -i libasound2-1.0.15-33.el5.i386.rpm
    #chmod +x gstfakevideo
  2. Skype doesn't have a sugar package, so it must be started by root with the command /home/olpc/skype/gstfakevideo. This is cumbersome and hard to remember, so use nano .bashrc to create an alias. Add this line to the 'alias' section of the .bashrc.
    # User specific aliases and functions
    alias skype 'sudo /home/olpc/skype/gstfakevideo'
    Now the user (not root) can start Skype from any prompt with the command skype.

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