Skype with sound and video support :)

Kevin Oberman oberman at
Tue May 17 16:01:42 UTC 2011

> Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 10:38:58 +0300
> From: Ion-Mihai Tetcu <itetcu at>
> Sender: owner-freebsd-emulation at
> Hi,
> 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.

Many thanks for all of the work that went into getting a modern version
of Skype working!

Please put the information in this message (or at least most of it) into
ports/UPDATING so a few less people running old kernels will be bitten
by the installation of the new Skype port.
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
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