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alexp561956
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« on: February 23, 2009, 08:18:04 pm »

I am just starting my evaluation of VL and Skype is very important for me.I've seen some notes about the installation package, but cannot find the package itself, and there is no dedicated package on the Skype site.
Help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2009, 08:21:26 pm »

Skype is in the repository.  You can install it with gslapt.
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2009, 08:34:07 pm »

You can as caitlyn mentioned , install it via gslapt from the menu. Open Gslapt, and update it, then use the search feature typing skype. Select it to be installed, and it will do the rest for you.
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2009, 11:16:08 pm »

Skype is in the repository.  You can install it with gslapt.

I guess we are talking about VL 5.9.
If we are talking VL 6.0, here, then I can't find skype either. I have testing enabled and search skype, but no love.
Skype is easily installed to Vector via the Skype site just use the static package.
If you are using VL 6.0 I can help with some install instructions if needed.

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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2009, 06:38:10 pm »

Thanks. I have it downloaded (static package), but I need installation instructions, step by step if possible.
I vave v6.0 and no Linux experience.

Thanks again.
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2009, 06:47:29 pm »

Try this tutorial.
http://www.opensourcebistro.com/Tutorial/VL60/11.Network-apps/skype/skype.htm

I'd appreciate hearing from you on whether it was of value.
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2009, 09:41:20 am »

That worked like a charm! Thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2009, 06:25:55 am »

Hi

I tried the above procedure from opensourcebistro. I managed to install. And I started for one time skype. But for the next times I found no icon and no entry in the menu.

How can I manage it?

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Svgt
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2009, 09:41:09 am »

Basically you just create a desktop launcher for the application (skype)
Then mosify that launcher with mousepad so that it can me copied into usr/share/applications and then it will show up in your menu as well.

For some more detailed info go to...
http://www.opensourcebistro.com/Tutorial/VL60/02.Beginners-guide/page
Watch the videos for...Desktop launcher for non-system applications.
This will show you how to create a desktop launcher and tweak it up a bit.

Then watch...Desktop launcher for system applications.
This will show you how to take that desktop launcher and use it to make your application show up in the menu.

Also helpfull, Finding Files and folders with locate.

Make sure to watch the bonus material. A lot of what you want is there.

The site is kind of a test bed for tutorials I'm working on for VL. I'm working on getting them good enough to be included or linked to the VL-site. So any feedback would be great.
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2009, 02:24:05 pm »

Hi,

it appears so difficult for me. I think I will wait till a new installation procedure is ready for 6.0.

In my next life  I shall learn to create launchers.

In the meantime I skype with another system.

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Svgt
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2009, 05:30:10 pm »

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it appears so difficult for me. I think I will wait till a new installation procedure is ready for 6.0.

In my next life  I shall learn to create launchers.

In the meantime I skype with another system.

At the moment, here are your options to have the launcher:

1. Delete whatever skype directory you had. Then download this link:
http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-5.9/extra/net/skype-2.0.0.72-noarch-1.tlz
Right-click on the file, choose "install package", type your root password, wait... it will take a while, because it is downloading skype from the website.

It will give you icons on the menu, under Network.

OR, if you're using what you downloaded from the skype website:

2. Right-click on any icon on your desktop, select "create laucher", navigate to the skype directory and choose the "skype" file. Press the icon button, select the skype icon in the directory.

It will give you an icon on your desktop.

OR,

3. Click Settings > Menu Editor, then "New Entry", go to the right directory, choose the "skype" file to fill in the command. Click icon, choose the icon in the skype directory.

It will give you an icon on your menu.

OR

4. Right-click on the panel / taskbar / system tray / wherever down there, and click "Add new item", then "Launcher", then "Add", then again go to the skype directory and choose the file named "skype". Do the same for the icon file.

This will give you an icon on your panel.

OR

5. Do what stretchedthin wrote above and create a file in /usr/share/applications.

I don't think you have to wait for your next life to learn how to do a couple of clicks.
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2009, 05:24:57 pm »

Hi

I tried the above procedure from opensourcebistro. I managed to install. And I started for one time skype. But for the next times I found no icon and no entry in the menu.

How can I manage it?

regards,
Svgt

Hey Svgt;
Hope your still around.  If so here is a very easy way to get a desktop launcher. For the skype package you downloaded from skypes site.

Find the file named skype_static-2.0.0.72...open it.
Right click on the file called skype (with a small 's')
Choose 'Send To' then 'Desktop (Create Link)' from the menu that appears.

That's It.
It won't look pretty but you will be able to launch Skype from the desktop by simply double clicking.
Ken

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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2009, 07:38:15 pm »

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....1. Delete whatever skype directory you had. Then download this link:
http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-5.9/extra/net/skype-2.0.0.72-noarch-1.tlz
Right-click on the file, choose "install package"....
I think that's as easy as eating pie  Smiley

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....Find the file named skype_static-2.0.0.72...open it.
Right click on the file called skype (with a small 's')
Choose 'Send To' then 'Desktop (Create Link)' from the menu that appears.  ....
That's very good information and also seems rather easy. I think many of us forget that we can make simple launchers on our desktops when we work in Linux. Nice tip indeed.


P.S. I've edited the quotes for simplicity purposes.
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