Skype & Skype video calling? Will a version of Skype with VC run on the Raspberry Pi?


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by kingscottj » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:06 pm
Skype & Skype video calling? Will a version of Skype with VC run on the Raspberry Pi?

So if we buy a version b board, a case with power, with HDMI out and hook up a logitec hd web cam is this going to run ok?
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by jamesh » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:43 pm
Not without some input from Skype (er, now Microsoft) to build a version for the Pi. I think. There may be a version for Arm, but I doubt it will connect to the video hardware as it stands. Might get away with voice calls.
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by johncoles » Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:10 pm
In theory yes it would work. However as JamesH said the version of Skype for ARM most probably doesn't support video (if such a version does exist). I would love to get Skype video working on this little box of magic for reasons I will go into another time.

To me the best (logical) way to get Skype working on it would be to install a mobile OS such as Android that is designed to run on proccessors such as the ARM as Skype has been made for that. This sounds good but I am not too sure on the feesability. Once I can get my hands on one though I shall begin hacking away at getting it working. I have plans to buy 2 or 3 on launch (web-server and experimentation).

All the best,

John.

EDIT: Spelling :)
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by hvc123 » Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:45 pm
i intend on getting three upon launch too. i want a htpc replacement, replacement linux server and a car pc ( i have a screen and usb antennas i just need the hardware)

i intend on running the car pc on droid, and i hope there is going to be some new project pages popping up everywhere once these babies are released in the wild. and skype on the droid rocks, even full screen video calling

i centanly will contribute to any documentation of my projects ( well the ones that work)

reason for droid in car -

everything seems to work on droid, as long as the hardware is compatible
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by radu » Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:10 am
You would need all the Android libraries and dependencies and kernel modules that Skype relies on. There might also be some Java stuff required.

So probably not very easy to do, even if you want audio only.
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by Benedict White » Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:04 am
Skype runs on Arch, but I am not able to verify that it runs on the Arm version of Arch.

Arch is one of the distributions planned for the Raspberry Pi though, and the main one I will start with as it leverage's my knowledge of the Linux.
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by johncoles » Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:03 am
radu said:


You would need all the Android libraries and dependencies and kernel modules that Skype relies on. There might also be some Java stuff required.

So probably not very easy to do, even if you want audio only.


I realised that. However for the "quickest" way to get Skype with video working it seemed the most logical way to me. Getting Android orking on the Raspberry Pi is one of my plans anyway so getting Skype working on it would just be a continuation.

Wish me luck ;)
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by johncoles » Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:06 am
A quick look on Skype's website led me to this:

http://www.skype.com/intl/en/g.....ter/linux/

This is the x86 version I believe but once I get my hands on a release board I can try all the different solutions out.
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by poisoned » Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:01 pm
https://developer.skype.com/public/skypekit - smells just like what's needed
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by SergeantFTC » Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:49 am
poisoned said:

https://developer.skype.com/public/skypekit - smells just like what"s needed


Now we just need a programmer to make us an ARM Skype.
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by AnAvgNerd » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:50 am
Why not base it off of the N900 Skype binary?

It was developed for Linux running on an ARM processor and supports video (mostly, as it seemed to only work between certain clients)
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by poisoned » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:16 pm
SergeantFTC said:


poisoned said:

https://developer.skype.com/public/skypekit - smells just like what"s needed


Now we just need a programmer to make us an ARM Skype.



Maybe I'll take time and do the homework
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by prehensile » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:19 pm
In the interests of reducing thread redundancy, a few of us have been discussing SkypeKit over in this thread with some success.
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by valent » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:31 am
Nice video demo of Skype running on Rasperry Pi:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqH54Gy ... re=related
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