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Howto: Install Skype 7.8 on Jessie (wine)

Postby bester69 » 2016-03-06 10:01

It seems that Microsft has left Skype Linux support, and it has been reported that Skype linux users as been reporting issues
Anyways ive seen last microsoft version sounds better than linux skype...and i need Skype very much, so..

Tested on Debian Jessie bypassing pulseaudio
Skype 7.8.0.102 (works stable): What works?--> everything but sms

Steps to install:
0- Install Playonlinux (wine 1.7.44)
1- Install Skype ( skype 7.8.0.102)
http://offlineinstaller4u.blogspot.com/ ... 80102.html
2- Once Installed, change operating system to run skype: playonlinux --> Settings --> Change system to Window 8.1
3- Run skype in legacy mode (Without it you wont be able to login):
edit/modify Shortcut Skype: Edit .Playonlinux/shortcuts/Skype with-->
POL_Wine Skype.exe /legacylogin "$@"

4- Disable pulse when running skype (it doenst work with pulse) :
4.1 Install pasuspender (run command with disabled pulse)
4.2 Create a Shortcut Launcher for Skype with pasuspender:
#!bash
cd ~/.Playonlinux/shortcuts
pasuspender ./Skype


5. Now we should be able to make phone calls without any problem, :
5.1 Goto Setting Sound--> Check Devices settings sound (ensure pulse is not working)
5.2 Make a phone call test

Tested on Debian Jessie by using pulseaudio
Skype 7.8.0.102 (works stable): What works?--> everything but sms
Skype last version (7.18) should work also : http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-full

Steps to install:
0- Install Playonlinux (wine 1.9.4)
1- Install Skype ( skype 7.8.0.102)
http://offlineinstaller4u.blogspot.com/ ... 80102.html
or Install last version of Skype ( skype 7.18) http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-full

2- Once Installed, change operating system to run skype: playonlinux --> Settings --> Change system to Window 8.1

3-
3.1 ( skype 7.8.0.102) Run skype in legacy mode (Without it you wont be able to login):
edit/modify Shortcut Skype: Edit .Playonlinux/shortcuts/Skype with-->
POL_Wine Skype.exe /legacylogin "$@"

3.2 ( skype 7.18) Run skype with username and password (Without it you wont be able to login):
edit/modify Shortcut Skype: Edit .Playonlinux/shortcuts/Skype with-->
POL_Wine Skype.exe /username:"yourname" /password:"yourpassword" "$@"


4- workaround to Get away from choopy/lag sound:
export PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60


skype 7.8.0.102 skype playonlinux shortcut:
#!/usr/bin/env playonlinux-bash
[ "$PLAYONLINUX" = "" ] && exit 0
xsource "$PLAYONLINUX/lib/sources"
export WINEPREFIX="/home/user/.PlayOnLinux//wineprefix/Skype"
export WINEDEBUG="-all"
export PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60
cd "/home/user/.PlayOnLinux//wineprefix/Skype/drive_c/./Program Files/Skype/Phone"
POL_Wine Skype.exe /legacylogin "$@"


skype 7.18 skype playonlinux shortcut:
#!/usr/bin/env playonlinux-bash
[ "$PLAYONLINUX" = "" ] && exit 0
xsource "$PLAYONLINUX/lib/sources"
export WINEPREFIX="/home/user/.PlayOnLinux//wineprefix/Skype"
export WINEDEBUG="-all"
export PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60
cd "/home/user/.PlayOnLinux//wineprefix/Skype/drive_c/./Program Files/Skype/Phone"
POL_Wine Skype.exe /username:"yourname" /password:"yourpassword" "$@"


5. Now we should be able to make phone calls without any problem, :
5.1 Goto Setting Sound--> Check Devices settings sound
5.2 Make a phone call test







.................
It sounds great, you shoud try :wink:
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Re: Howto: Install Skype 7.8 on Jessie (wine)

Postby Ardouos » 2016-03-06 10:50

If it works well, post your results on winehq to help others.

https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager. ... n&iId=1592
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Re: Howto: Install Skype 7.8 on Jessie (wine)

Postby stevepusser » 2016-03-06 22:30

The current stable wine release, 1.8, incorporates many fixes for pulseaudio that are missing from previous version, such as the 1.7.44 you used. How about testing it with that version?

I also see that blog you linked to wants you to download their version of the installer from MediaFire, instead of directly from Microsoft/Skype. Even if it's from Microsoft, they are illegally redistributing it. I can't think of any potential security problems with their package. [/sarcasm]

It looks like you can get the get the current offline installer from this skype.com link: http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-full

Here's another guide from the Wine appdb: https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager. ... &iId=31461
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Re: Howto: Install Skype 7.8 on Jessie (wine)

Postby bester69 » 2016-03-06 23:14

stevepusser wrote:The current stable wine release, 1.8, incorporates many fixes for pulseaudio that are missing from previous version, such as the 1.7.44 you used. How about testing it with that version?

I also see that blog you linked to wants you to download their version of the installer from MediaFire, instead of directly from Microsoft/Skype. Even if it's from Microsoft, they are illegally redistributing it. I can't think of any potential security problems with their package. [/sarcasm]

It looks like you can get the get the current offline installer from this skype.com link: http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-full

Here's another guide from the Wine appdb: https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager. ... &iId=31461



skype 7.18 works following the winehq guide, ive not been able to test enought that version, it seems that this version can run with pulse audio.

I can only recommend skype 7.8, the version iv been using for a while. Skype 7.18 gives me bad quality sound testing levels by running with pulse (can only run pulse).
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Re: Howto: Install Skype 7.8 on Jessie (wine)

Postby bester69 » 2016-03-09 19:28

bester69 wrote:skype 7.18 works following the winehq guide, ive not been able to test enought that version, it seems that this version can run with pulse audio.

I can only recommend skype 7.8, the version iv been using for a while. Skype 7.18 gives me bad quality sound testing levels by running with pulse (can only run pulse).



4- workaround to Get away from choopy/lag sound:
export PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60


skype 7.8.0.102 skype playonlinux shortcut:
#!/usr/bin/env playonlinux-bash
[ "$PLAYONLINUX" = "" ] && exit 0
xsource "$PLAYONLINUX/lib/sources"
export WINEPREFIX="/home/user/.PlayOnLinux//wineprefix/Skype"
export WINEDEBUG="-all"
export PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60
cd "/home/user/.PlayOnLinux//wineprefix/Skype/drive_c/./Program Files/Skype/Phone"
POL_Wine Skype.exe /legacylogin "$@"


skype 7.18 skype playonlinux shortcut:
#!/usr/bin/env playonlinux-bash
[ "$PLAYONLINUX" = "" ] && exit 0
xsource "$PLAYONLINUX/lib/sources"
export WINEPREFIX="/home/user/.PlayOnLinux//wineprefix/Skype"
export WINEDEBUG="-all"
export PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60
cd "/home/user/.PlayOnLinux//wineprefix/Skype/drive_c/./Program Files/Skype/Phone"
POL_Wine Skype.exe /username:"yourname" /password:"yourpassword" "$@"


5. Now we should be able to make phone calls without any problem, :
5.1 Goto Setting Sound--> Check Devices settings sound
5.2 Make a phone call test
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Re: Howto: Install Skype 7.8 on Jessie (wine)

Postby arochester » 2016-03-09 20:06

Skype is non-free, proprietary, closed source software, owned by a corporation and not supported by Debian. Have you considered using a free and open source alternative, which is community-owned and supported by Debian, such as Iceweasel/Firefox Hello, the VoIP ekiga, linphone, or jitsi?
- https://wiki.debian.org/skype
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Re: Howto: Install Skype 7.8 on Jessie (wine)

Postby bester69 » 2016-03-09 20:58

arochester wrote:
Skype is non-free, proprietary, closed source software, owned by a corporation and not supported by Debian. Have you considered using a free and open source alternative, which is community-owned and supported by Debian, such as Iceweasel/Firefox Hello, the VoIP ekiga, linphone, or jitsi?
- https://wiki.debian.org/skype


Im not such an stupid , i know there are some good open source alternatives, indeed i tried all of them to see if they were worthy in order to replace skype, these alternatives are not good enough to me. I alway like to have the best applicattions in my computer, so i use wine to power my linux with some good propiertary applications such as Adobe writer, Micr. office, AbbyFinereader,AutoCad,Skype etc...

Is there some law around not written that says user linux have forbidden to use/work with propietary applications while they use linux?? :roll: :roll:I know open source users dont like this..
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Re: Howto: Install Skype 7.8 on Jessie (wine)

Postby Ardouos » 2016-03-10 13:32

bester69 wrote:
arochester wrote:
Skype is non-free, proprietary, closed source software, owned by a corporation and not supported by Debian. Have you considered using a free and open source alternative, which is community-owned and supported by Debian, such as Iceweasel/Firefox Hello, the VoIP ekiga, linphone, or jitsi?
- https://wiki.debian.org/skype


Im not such an stupid , i know there are some good open source alternatives, indeed i tried all of them to see if they were worthy in order to replace skype, these alternatives are not good enough to me. I alway like to have the best applicattions in my computer, so i use wine to power my linux with some good propiertary applications such as Adobe writer, Micr. office, AbbyFinereader,AutoCad,Skype etc...

Is there some law around not written that says user linux have forbidden to use/work with propietary applications while they use linux?? :roll: :roll:I know open source users dont like this..


Generally it is better to use the native Linux applications for Linux systems rather than applications made for Windows, the saying goes "If you want Windows applications use Windows". But... that does not stop you from finding work arounds to make them work e.g. Wine. As long as it is only effecting you and you understand the reprocussions then there should not be an issue.

The verdict is with Linux; do not be surprised when people direct you to Linux applications, because it's going to happen on a Linux forum.
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Re: Howto: Install Skype 7.8 on Jessie (wine)

Postby stevepusser » 2016-03-13 00:27

If you're going to go for a proprietary program, some would argue that the Google Talk Plugin would be a better choice in terms of ease of installation.

At least they didn't dump the Linux version like we just knew MS would do with Skype.
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