Skype with sound and video support :)

Ion-Mihai Tetcu itetcu at
Tue May 17 07:39:01 UTC 2011


As you may have noticed skype ports were updated a few days ago.

All skype ports were moved to net-im/:
- skype12: unchanged, very old version (for FreeBSD 6)
- skype20: last version with OSS support, that used to live in
net/skype; the DISTFILE is gone from the vendor but if you happen to
have it it would be a way of having sound w/o a need to upgrade your
base OS
- [RECOMANDED] skype: currently at and the best supported
- skype-devel: currently at, sounds is OK, video doesn't work

In order to run either skype or skype-devel with fully working sound
you need:
- to run fc10 (most probably, please report what you can run with fc4):
in /etc/make.conf for systems that doesn't have it as default)
- In order for Skype to work OK, you need your kernel and modules to be:
	- post 2011-05-03 in on HEAD
	- post 2011-05-08 in on 7,8-STABLE
The port tries to catch if your system version is too old, but there's
a ~3months window where because of a lack of OSVERSION bump, this is
not possible. So please check; and PLEAE READ THE PKG_MESSAGE for
setup details. For how to update your kernel/world, see:


If you run into problems, at very least we need to know the output of:

$ uname -a; sysctl compat.linux | head -2; grep OVERRIDE_LINUX_ /etc/make.conf; cat /compat/linux/etc/alsa/pcm/pcm-oss.conf

the skype version you are using, and hardware details (eg. webcam) if
related. I most probably will ignore any mail not containing this info
since without it it's impossible to help.

Please test your sound /video setup outside skype before blaming skype /
mailing me.

Ion-Mihai Tetcu <itetcu at>

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