Skype on Breezy?

Eamonn Sullivan eamonn.sullivan at
Mon Sep 26 14:05:06 UTC 2005

On 26/09/05, Frank Merenda <fmerenda at> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I have upgraded to Breezy. Skype worked for me on Hoary, but when I tried to
> start it on Breezy, it just hangs and I do not get any feedback from the console.
> I then uninstalled via apt, and reinstalled with the latest .deb
> (skype_1.2.0.17-1_i386.deb) from I got the same results, so I
> downloaded the staticly linked version, skype_staticQT- I
> extracted it and ran ./skype, but I get the same result, no feedback on the
> console, it just hangs there, nothing pops up or anything. I also specified the
> --resources-path on the command line, but I get the same result.
> Has anyone gotten skype to work in Breezy?

It works for me, but it takes a very long time (a minute or so) to
start up. That's on a 2.4Ghz Celeron with a gigabyte of RAM. Also, the
last time I tried to install the deb (either by downloading it or
Skype's repository in my sources.list), I get a complaint about a
missing dependency. (I'm at work now, but it's a libqt-mt dependency
-- can't remember the exact name). I suspect that may be part of the
problem. You can tell dpkg to ignore the dependency. It'll install and
run (again, slowly), but you'll have to put up with Synaptic thinking
there is a broken package.

Desperately seeking a good open-source alternative that my luddite
relatives and friends will use...


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