Don’t Believe the Skype

Skype Linux DownloadThe CloudBook doesn’t come with Skype, but considering that Skype makes a Linux version, I had high hopes that I’d be able to download it and start making calls. I went to the Skype Linux Download page and clicked on the Ubuntu version, because gOS is pretty-much Ubuntu Linux (in fact, you see the Ubuntu logo and the word Ubuntu all over the place in gOS). Strangely, the file that downloads on Skype is called skype-debian_1.4.0.118-1_i386.deb which implies that it is, in fact, the Debian Linux version of Skype you’re getting. However, Joanna Stern spoke to her friends at Skype, who assured as that this is indeed an Ubuntu version of their software. So what happened when I tried to install it? I got an error message.

Skype Error

Anyone know what “Cannot Install ‘libqt4-gui'” means? I have to wonder whether this is a problem with the Skype install or a problem with gOS.

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  1. Bri Says:

    There is two versions on the skype download page. I would think you would need the fiesty fawn one.

  2. JAmerican Says:

    Try this:

    sudo apt-get install libqt4-GUI libqt4-Core

    from here:

    Then try installing Skype.

    Hope it works. Does the Cloudbook have a 1.3MP camera or a .3 MP camera. Could you take a picture and check. Don’t read the manual and tell me because Everex seems to be confused in their manual and their press release state two different resolutions.

    Also does the Cloudbook have a mic near the camera?

    Could you make more YouTube videos of the Cloudbook running gOS? Showing YouTube playing? Show its speed in opening applications? I think a lot of people would like a more visual review than the traditional written review.



  3. MikeZ Says:

    What the error message means is two things …
    Your running Gnome not KDE;
    The dependency information in the Skype package wasn’t executed (you have to be root) or is incorrect.

    The Skype application itself must be installing for your user-name only (which is just fine) but system
    libraries need to be installed by the root user.

    The directions given by JAmerican should get you running Skype and most other KDE applications.

  4. Brad Linder Says:

    You could try adding the Medibuntu repositories to your source list and installing Skype using apt-get or the Synaptic Package Manager. That way it should download any necessary files automatically.

    Alternately, you could try installing Skype 2.0 beta instead of Skype 1.4. I’m not sure if that will work better, but it’s worth a shot.

    As for Debian v. Ubuntu, Ubuntu is based on Debian Linux, much like gOS is based on Ubuntu. So while not every single Debian based application is guaranteed to run on Ubuntu, there’s a lot of overlap.

  5. Mahjongg Says:

    The gOS version 1.0.1 as installed on the gPC, and the gOS 2.0-beta1 that can be downloaded from the both had Skype pre-installed, so there is no reason to think it can’t work on this new version of gOS, which is based on GNOME, not on Enlightenment 17, and thus is even more close to a normal Ubuntu.

  6. Skype Free Download Says:

    Interesting. I’ve never had this kind of problem. Well, goog luck.

  7. Jkor86 Says:

    i think the problem is what repositories you have choosen to access, just open the synaptic packet manager an edit the repository sources… i just ticked everything and the install worked afterwards

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