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Skype is a proprietary application owned by Microsoft for instant messaging, VoIP calls, and video conversations.


Kernel config

General setup  --->
    -*- Namespaces support  ---> 
        [*]   User namespace

USE flags

USE flags for net-im/skypeforlinux Instant messaging client, with support for audio and video

selinux !!internal use only!! Security Enhanced Linux support, this must be set by the selinux profile or breakage will occur


Install net-im/skypeforlinux:

root #emerge --ask net-im/skypeforlinux

Additional USE flags

The following settings will need to be in /etc/portage/package.accept_keywords/skypeforlinux or some equivalent.

root #echo "=net-im/skypeforlinux- ~amd64" >> /etc/portage/package.accept_keywords/skypeforlinux

Edit your pinentry usage in this way.

root #echo ">=app-crypt/pinentry-1.0.0-r2 gnome-keyring" >> /etc/portage/package.use/pinentry

and then just install the package.

root #emerge skypeforlinux


Auto-launching at KDE login

For some reason, KDE cannot remember Skype in the session it saves upon log out. This workaround will fool it into saving Skype in the session.

FILE ~/.kde4/Autostart/

To make the Skype main window (but not chat windows) go to a desktop or any other features of Window Rules with KDE, use this regular expression under Window Title in the settings window:


No video (despite video drivers being installed/loaded)


It is possible, that your user does not have privileges to access video device. Example privileges:

user $ls -al /dev/video0
crw-rw----+ 1 root video 81, 0 Nov 25 22:03 /dev/video0

Add each Skype user to the video group:

root #gpasswd -a larry video

Where larry is substituted for the appropriate username.

See also

  • Linphone — a SIP soft video/phone program.
  • Mumble — an open source, cross platform, low-latency, high quality voice over IP (VoIP) client.