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Matt Brown matt@m...
Sun Nov 13 22:46:55 NZDT 2005

On Sat, 2005-11-12 at 22:43 +0200, Mathew Carley wrote:

> Here's why I'm a bit frustrated at the moment with Ubuntu:

I think it's a bit short sighted to blame your problems on a Ubuntu when
the problem is caused by a non-free application being distributed in
binary only form. The blame should be appropriately placed with Skype.

> I wanted to install Skype. Skype is a KDE app, (and it looks ugly in
> Gnome - there are workarounds, but aside from that). It requires
> libqt3-xxxxxxxx.
> Firstly, I was trying to install it from the .deb package distributed
> on (skype_1.2.0.18-1_i386). 

Luckily, as fulfilling as it is to be a Free software zealot and say
it's all Skype's fault there are more pragmatic members of the community
who are happy to put time and effort into make non-free software like
Skype work seemlessly. 

To get Skype working nicely on Ubuntu you need to look no further than
the Ubuntu Guide ( which links to nicely
built .debs for Ubuntu that I've used successfully from Warty -> Hoary
and now for Breezy. 

See specifically

After reading the rest of your email and the packages you installed I'm
surprised that your box still works at all!


Matt Brown
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