I think it was one of the first things I thought about when I was reading Mark’s write up about Ibex design – will this FUSA (Fast User Switch Application) work with Skype as well? I know Skype is not open but still, there is a good Linux version available.
Today I went to search for some solution to have my Skype-status controlled by the ‘presence’ feature of the Ibex.
After some search I found a nice blog entry about the new features and nothing more – at first.
Then I found it “Skype API Plugin for Pidgin…“.
After some tinkering I conclude that the installation is … easy!
- download the skype4pidgin.deb and installed it.
- Start your skype
- Start Pidgin
- Go to ‘Manage Accounnts’ (<Ctrl>+A) and add the Skype protocol
- Use your Skype name
- Skype will ask you if Pidgin is allowed to access the API. Allow it and remember to click the ‘remember setting’ box.
- Done from now on Pidgin will even start Skype and the ‘presence’ can be changed by FUSA!