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#1 2011-05-20 15:54:58

wim sturkenboom
From: Roodepoort, South Africa
Registered: 2011-05-18
Posts: 10

skype, menu and shortcut (statler, openbox)

Very new to #! and had trouble to find how to install the 32 bit version of Skype on my Acer Aspire One. Could not find it in the repositories, a search here mostly referred me to the 64 bit install or resulted in very old posts so I tried it myself based on some links that I found. For some of you this is probably very obvious but maybe this helps some others that have the same 'insecure' feelings as me.

getting skype
I went to the skype website and eventually ended up on … ter/linux/
I selected debian 5+ 32 bit; there is a 64-bit version available as well so I guess that that will take care of library issues that I've read about.

finding it back
In case you're like me and don't know where the downloaded file went, start a terminal (you have to do this anyway for the install

wim@aa0:~$ find . -iname "*skype*"

installing skype

wim@aa0:~$ cd downloads
wim@aa0:~/downloads$ ls -l
total 23040
-rw-r--r-- 1 wim wim 23590390 May 19 17:38 skype-debian_2.2.0.25-1_i386.deb
wim@aa0:~/downloads$ sudo dpkg -i skype-debian_2.2.0.25-1_i386.deb 
[sudo] password for wim: 
Selecting previously deselected package skype.
(Reading database ... 91004 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking skype (from skype-debian_2.2.0.25-1_i386.deb) ...
Setting up skype ( ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...

You should now be able to start skype by typing 'skype' and pressing <enter>

adding a shortcut key
edit the file ~/.config/openbox/rc.xml
e.g. using menu->settings->openbox config->edit rc.xml

search for the word 'keyboard'
when found, search for a word that occurs in the conky shortcut section on the screen; e.g. 'terminal'

you should now have a section like

    <keybind key="W-t">
      <action name="Execute">

copy and paste it and modify the new section

    <keybind key="W-s">
      <action name="Execute">

save the file
reconfigure openbox
e.g. using menu->settings->openbox config->reconfigure

you should now have a working shortcut <super>s

It would be nice to see the availability of this shortcut under the conky shortcuts

edit the file ~/.conkyrc
e.g. e.g. using menu->settings->conky config->edit .conkyrc
I found the shortcuts at the end of the file and added the line after the webbrowser entry (second line below)

Super+w$alignr Web Browser
Super+s$alignr Skype
Super+l$alignr Lock Screen

There was no need to restart conkey,the new entry showed at the moment that the file was saved.

One note:
I'm new to skype under Linux as well and could not find how to start the video. I did read somewhere something about cheese and installed that as well (using synaptic). I however doubt that that is necessary as I must just learn to click all kind of things to find thefunctionalities wink

Last edited by wim sturkenboom (2011-05-20 17:58:48)

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#2 2011-05-20 20:11:12

#! Junkie
Registered: 2009-12-29
Posts: 463

Re: skype, menu and shortcut (statler, openbox)

You could use the debian wiki entry for Skype -
At least for me, the version in the Skype repository is not 2.2, and at least from my troubles with the latest build, thank God.
If you have problems with your webcam and Skype, you could try running

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ skype


#3 2011-05-22 14:08:01

wim sturkenboom
From: Roodepoort, South Africa
Registered: 2011-05-18
Posts: 10

Re: skype, menu and shortcut (statler, openbox)

The version is 2.2 beta and seems to run flawless (but I've only used it testing against my other PC).

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#4 2011-10-08 21:07:20

New Member
Registered: 2011-10-08
Posts: 1

Re: skype, menu and shortcut (statler, openbox)

Just wanted to note that this worked for me too, Acer aspire 4730z 32bit statler fresh install


#5 2011-10-09 00:08:38

#! CrunchBanger
From: Far from the madding crowd!
Registered: 2011-04-26
Posts: 244

Re: skype, menu and shortcut (statler, openbox)

Will this work for #! (debian testing)?


#6 2011-12-16 13:21:06

#! Junkie
From: Belgium, Europe
Registered: 2009-10-16
Posts: 478

Re: skype, menu and shortcut (statler, openbox)

I used the procedure mentioned in the 1st post of this thread to install skype.
I get this error when trying to start skype:

skype: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

In synaptic I looked for but it's not available hmm

EDIT: In case anyone else has skype troubles, here's what finally solved it for me:
(with thanks to #! member valbaca)

Last edited by catch22 (2011-12-17 15:21:21)

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#7 2012-09-04 22:46:01

New Member
Registered: 2012-09-04
Posts: 1

Re: skype, menu and shortcut (statler, openbox)

Thanks Wim, you're a champ! Now got Skype on my Aspire One 110L, it's working well and what's more I can find it easily:)


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