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Run Skype on Raspberry Pi

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  • In this post, we will tell you how to run Skype on Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 using ExaGear Desktop, which allows us to run x86 apps on ARM mini PCs.
  • The thing is that for playing sound, Skype uses PulseAudio sound server, which was not stable on Raspberry Pi.
  • PS: Keep in mind that with ExaGear Desktop, you can use not only Skype but other chat (i.e. Telegram), music (i.e. Spotify), productivity (i.e. Dropbox), and many other apps on your Raspberry Pi.
  • It is also worth noting that with ExaGear Desktop, you can run other x86 apps on Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3.
  • ExaGear also supports other ARM-based devices such as Odroid, Banana Pi, Beagleboard, Cubox, Jetson, Cubieboard, etc.

Learn how to run Skype on Raspberry Pi by configuring the host Raspbian system, installing ExaGear Desktop, and launching the Guest x86 System.

@craigbrownphd: Run Skype on Raspberry Pi #IoT #Cloud #BigData

Skype is available on many platforms, but not on Raspberry Pi (or ARM-based Chromebooks). In this post, we will tell you how to run Skype on Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 using ExaGear Desktop, which allows us to run x86 apps on ARM mini PCs.

We had a lot of requests about running Skype with ExaGear, but could not publish a corresponding instruction earlier. The thing is that for playing sound, Skype uses PulseAudio sound server, which was not stable on Raspberry Pi. Fortunately, starting with Raspbian (launched in May 2016), things have become better. Below, we give some hints how to configure PulseAudio and run Skype on your RPi 2 or RPi 3.

PS: Keep in mind that with ExaGear Desktop, you can use not only Skype but other chat (i.e. Telegram), music (i.e. Spotify), productivity (i.e. Dropbox), and many other apps on your Raspberry Pi.

Now, here’s how you can install Skype on your Raspberry Pi. 

Configure PulseAudio. As described in release notes of Raspbian, remove the volumealsa plugin from the taskbar. Just right-click anywhere on the taskbar, choose Add/Remove Panel Items, and remove the Volume Control (ALSA) item from the list.

Reboot the system to apply PuleAudio configuration changes.

Select Overclock section and then Pi2 (1000 MHz).

 update.

Run Skype from Raspbian Start menu.

Check that Skype Sound Devices use PulseAudio server.

This is it. Now you can make your Skype calls.

It is also worth noting that with ExaGear Desktop, you can run other x86 apps on Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3. ExaGear also supports other ARM-based devices such as Odroid, Banana Pi, Beagleboard, Cubox, Jetson, Cubieboard, etc.

Please note that running Skype on Raspberry Pi 1 and Raspberry Pi Zero is not possible because of lack of NEON support in the hardware of these devices.

Run Skype on Raspberry Pi