Skype 4 on Debain 6 64bit…

Due to some poor planning on behalf of Micro$haft, Skype 4 64bit support (the current version at the time of posting) for Debian 6 64bit and many derivatives such as CrunchBang 10 64bit has been screwed up. Skype should work in Debian 7 64bit and CrunchBang 11 64bit.

After some frustration and terminal-error output-monitoring. I’ve come up with a Skype 4.1.0.10 package that does work on Debian 6 64bit etc.

Using some documentation found on the Skype site and other forums, I’ve built this package by overwriting some files with newer/older/different versions and a few file renames.

You can see my progress and disrepair over at the CrunchBang forums, http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=23279.

You can download my Skype package (h0zza mod) here: http://pirateswizardsandpenguins.com/downloads/skype-4.1.0.20_h0zza.tar.gz

Extract the archive to a folder called “bin” in your home directory. e.g. “/home/username/bin/skype-4.1.0.20”. You can then run Skype 4.1.0.20 by entering this, into a terminal.

<code>LD_LIBRARY_PATH=~/bin/skype-4.1.0.20/:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH ~/bin/skype-4.1.0.20/skype</code>

It should work just fine, however only use “user generated” packages (like this one) as a last resort. In my case there was no other option.

As usual, I’m not responsible if your computer die’s, related or unrelated to this package! They call it CrunchBang for a reason! 😛 (It really should be fine, just covering my ass.)

I really wish there was a good alternative to Skype.

Skype 4 on Debain 6 64bit…