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Forget the hype - here's the Skype
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PostPosted: Thu 05 Oct 2006, 09:46    Post subject:  Forget the hype - here's the Skype  

released October 4 2006

http://www.skype.com/download/skype/linux/

Do we need a dop pup or will it work out of the box?

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PostPosted: Thu 05 Oct 2006, 10:05    Post subject:  

I think Puppy is missing a library. My brother installed the Skype pupget in 2.10 and it wouldn't work for him. It worked for me in 2.02. I tried installing Skype from their website a while back and it wouldn't work until I installed a library, I forget what it was now. I'll be attempting to install Skype in 2.10 soon.
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PostPosted: Fri 06 Oct 2006, 16:39    Post subject:  

skype requires qt, maybe that's what missing
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PostPosted: Fri 06 Oct 2006, 21:21    Post subject:  

Skype is in the new Puppypro beta

anyone try it?
http://puppylinux.org/wikka/PuppyPro

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PostPosted: Sat 07 Oct 2006, 06:15    Post subject: pupget  

I have used Barry's Skype pupget and installed it successfully in 2.02 LitePup (PuppyLite at that time) - just an additional info to those who want to add it to their Puppy. Of course you can use your own Puppy flavor for this (that does not have skype yet).
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PostPosted: Sat 07 Oct 2006, 07:29    Post subject:  

When I downloaded the qt-3.3.6 pupget it said I need to install the qt-3.3.4 one too, which isn't available as a pupget. Confused
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PostPosted: Sat 07 Oct 2006, 10:46    Post subject:  

Flash wrote:
When I downloaded the qt-3.3.6 pupget it said I need to install the qt-3.3.4 one too, which isn't available as a pupget. Confused


same here...

also encountered it when trying to install opera from pupget + qt-3.3.6
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PostPosted: Sat 07 Oct 2006, 22:01    Post subject:  

I installed the Skype and qt-3.3.6 pupgets in 2.10 but Skype still wouldn't work until I installed the libGL.pup.

I've had to install that in every version of Puppy except 2.02, to get Skype to run. Perhaps it could be included in the Skype pupget?

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PostPosted: Wed 11 Oct 2006, 15:18    Post subject:  

...thanks a lot ! libGL.pup saved my day Smile
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Nov 2006, 19:29    Post subject:  

Ok I made two dotpups. One with qt in it making it bigger. And a smaller one where qt needs to be installed. This can be done in with pupget or another dotpup.
WITH QT
WITHOUT QT
QT library

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Dec 2006, 23:07    Post subject: Tip  

.pup with qt worked great for me on 2.12, except for one issue with skype itself.

If you shut down skype and start back up without rebooting first you get an error message to say skype is already running. This was on the previous version as well and was well reported on their forums (thats what you get for using non open source I guess).

You must type

Code:
killall skype


into a terminal window to reset it.

A crude but effective way to remedy this is to create a small scrip (right-click in a folder>new>script). Edit it to look like this

Code:
#!/bin/sh
killall skype
skype


Then drag it to the desktop, right click>set icon then drag the icon from the subdirectory (the one in the pupfile root is low res).

ok so if try and launch a second instance of skype it will close the first one, would anyone know of a more elegant hack? If you want to open a second instance (maybe you like talking to yourself Laughing ) then use the shortcut under internet on the puppy start menu.

One thing I will give in Skypes defence, they have introduced free internal calls for US customers
http://www.skype.com/company/news/2006/skype_freecalling.html

and also if you top up £10 you can get 'free' landline calls in the uk too (i.e. they dont use your £10).

http://www.skype.com/campaigns/talkforbritain/

But beware skype charges you mobile rate for 0845 and 0870 numbers in the uk. Guess you cant use this for sitting in long queues in call centres.

Enjoy

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Dec 2006, 21:14    Post subject: Skype 1.09ce  

Just a note, in 1.09ce this seems to hang the system, requiring a restart, any other reports?
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PostPosted: Fri 15 Dec 2006, 23:20    Post subject:  

For what it's worth, I use Menu -> Control Panel -> KP manage running processes to kill Skype so I can start it again without rebooting.
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PostPosted: Thu 04 Jan 2007, 06:43    Post subject: Skpye tones for DTMF dialling
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If you need to use skype to ring on of those annoying call centres, while getting on with some serious puppying. Skype doesnt suppot DTMF in linux (the tones the phone sends to navigate through those infuriating menus before you can talk to a human), so....

Hook up an external speaker system (I suppose you could ben your microphone to be righ next to you earpiece as well). Navigate to this site

http://www.mediacollege.com/audio/tone/dtmf.html

Then dial the number of the call centre.

Using the keypad it is possible to send the tones manually down the microphone (skype doesnt do this programmatically from the on screen keypad, just to the speakers, what use is that!!!!). You might need to try a couple of times, but it does work. Have just renewed car insurance using it.

Is this whats known as "phreaking" lol

Now if anyone can come up with a hack to disable to elevator music while your waiting, I for one would be glad to hear it!!!

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Jan 2007, 07:09    Post subject: Kwik wanring  

P.S. I will re-iterate my previous point, skype charges you for 0870 and 0845 "local call rate" at mobile rates in the UK, so dont use this if the call centre number starts with those digits. Your better off using a payphone.

Any news on a SIP phone for puppy?

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