This how to will show you how to install a Skype client in Ubuntu & Debian base operating system.
1. First of all you need to start up Synaptic Package manager. Go to System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager
2. From Synaptic, go to Settings->Repositories. Click on Other Software Tab. Check the box next to Canonical Partners.
3. Click Close, and Click ‘Reload’ at the top of Synaptic. Now you can locate Skype and install it from Synaptic or Ubuntu Software Center.
Now to install skype-action-handler to handle
Download and install the Skype Action Handler
http://search.cpan.org/~ecarroll/Net-DBus-Skype-0.02/script/skype-action-handler (direct download link) and extract.
In a console, navigate to extracted files directory and run these as root:
perl Makefile.PL make make test make install
For Mozilla (Firefox)
* Open Mozilla (Firefox)
about:config in the address-bar to open the configuration editor.
* Use the scroll bar to navigate to the network.protocol… section.
* Check if the network protocol section includes a
* If a key exists, edit it. If no key exists, create a key by right-clicking on any key and selecting New -> String from the pull-down menu.
network.protocol-handler.app.skype as the key name.
/usr/local/bin/skype-action-handler as the key value.
### For GNOME-aware browsers (Epiphany, Firefox 1.5)
Run the following two commands:
/usr/bin/gconftool-2 -s -t string /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/skype/command '/usr/local/bin/skype-action-handler "%s"' /usr/bin/gconftool-2 -s -t bool /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/skype/enabled true
Thats it –
Test Call should work in Firefox. UPDATE: Except, it doesn’t work here. I can’t give you a valid link because WordPress keeps eating it. :\ But, try this yourself in an html file:
To undo the above gconftool key changes, you may run the following:
gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/skype
Original post by thestudio53 at http://blogs.skype.com/linux/2006/08/making_skype_links_work.html. Rewritten with updates for Ubuntu 10.04 and information from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=449543
Questions, comments, and feedback are welcome. Please share your experience with this so I can improve the guide. Thank you.