SkypeforLinux

Using EndeavourOS MATE

I communicate with my family in England through Skype for Linux, using Linux Mint Mate. Installing Skype on that OS is by using a simple Deb package. A search for installation procedure for installing Skype on Endeavour I arrived at the following website https://www.tecmint.com/install-skype-in-arch-linux/ Will this work for EndeavourOS. please? It probably will but I’m a cautious geriatric and don’t wish to get myself in the mire with unresolved dependencies :slight_smile:

As EndeavourOS closely resembles vanilla Arch - and provided the instructions work - it is probably doable.

It may be simpler. I just checked out installing with yay:

$ yay -S skype
:: There are 2 providers available for skype:
:: Repository AUR
    1) skypeforlinux-preview-bin 2) skypeforlinux-stable-bin 

Enter a number (default=1): 

I don’t use skype so that’s as far as I go. It is a Microsoft thing. Personally I use zoom but very little.

hth …

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@kmartin The AUR packages do work, and work well until Microsoft updates the software. Then it is a couple of days until the AUR package is updated. I have used the AUR version in the past, but found that using the flatpak version has been more stable.

@tenfoot Here is how you can install Skype via Flatpak.

Instructions

First we will be working in the terminal, so open a terminal.

  1. Install Flatpak support. sudo pacman -S flatpak
  2. Add the Flathub respository. flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://dl.flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

NOTE: Once Flatpak is installed, one does not need to use sudo.

  1. Install Skype. flatpak install com.skype.Client

You should now be able to run Skype as you would any other programs.

NOTE: In the past, some users have had installed Flatpaks not show up in their programs menu. To fix this, do the following.

  1. Run Skype from the terminal.

flatpak run com.skype.Client

This should place an icon in your programs menu. If it is still not there.

  1. Log out or reboot the machine.

I hope this helps.

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Good info and nice wiki.
Still simpler then OP’s link.

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@kmartin Thank you. Most of the people I do support for are not well versed in computers. So when I write things up, I think about how I would do it for them.

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people still use skype… :scream:

Nice post @linesma. The only thing I would add is:
To find flatpaks, go to
The flatpak web site
Select the app you want by scrolling through or using search.
Once the app is found, click on it and scroll to the bottom of the page and it will list the command to install it.


In this case:
$ flatpak install flathub.skype.Client

Flatpak Cheat Sheet

Pudge

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@Pudge Thank you.

Error in your typing. It should be flatpak install flathub com.skype.Client as stated in your screenshot.

In step 2 of my post, I added the Flathub repository to the Flatpak “client”(?). This makes it so one does not need the flathub in the install command. This simplifies the future install of Flatpaks.

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I use the AUR version and have never had a problem. I don’t use it more than once or twice a week though, so maybe I’ve just gotten lucky and never hit one of the delays between MS and AUR updates that kmartin mentions above.

Skype requires gnome-keyring to store its login-password, otherwise you have to login every time you start the app. Alas this is not addressed by the flatpak and really annoying. [1]

Therefore I use skypeforlinux-stable-bin from the AUR (together with gnome-keyring if missing) and everything works fine.

[1] https://github.com/flathub/com.skype.Client/issues/20

https://web.skype.com/

:nerd_face:

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