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WiFi PDA Meets Linux--Part 3 - page 3

Using Skype

  • May 27, 2005
  • By Rob Reilly

My current portable is an HP Pavilion zv5460us widescreen notebook. It has a 2.0-Ghz AMD Athlon 64 processor and 1 GB of memory. Files are stored on an 80-GB drive. Video is handled by an nVidia Gforce 440 on-board graphics system with 64 MB of dedicated video memory. Although there is an built-in microphone, I had much better sound quality and reduced echoing, with a small external plug-in mic. Sound output came through the built-in speakers.

As for software, the notebook is running SUSE 9.3 Professional 64-bit edition. It is a default KDE installation with a few additional applications thrown in for my specific article writing needs.

Skype is easily downloaded from the company Web site. In my particular case I chose the RPM for SuSE 9 and newer version. After saving the file to my ~/software directory, I logged into an xterm, as root and used the following command line:

     root # rpm -Uvh skype-1.1.0.3-suse.i586.rpm

You'll notice that this version is a regular 32-bit Intel Linux binary, which ran without problems under 64-bit SUSE Linux.

Once the software was installed, I could go back to my regular user and call up the program either from a menu selection in KDE or from an xterm with the command line of:

     robreilly> skype

Skype has done a great job of packaging the program, so it just works, without fuss. Talk about easy.

OK, the software has been loaded on the iPAQ and the Linux notebook. Let's see how to set it up and use it.

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