How to install skype on Ubuntu 12.04

What is skype? Skype is a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) computer software which allow you make video and voice calls for free to anyone else on Skype, or calls to landlines and mobiles worldwide at low rates. With skype, you can also send instant message, file sharing, and send text messages for just a few cents. Skype also allow you to do group videos calls with up to 10 people.

Go to skype, in the “Choose your distribution” box, choose Ubuntu 12.04 (multiarch). At the time I’m writing this, the newest package is

# apt-get install libxssl
# cd /tmp/
# wget
# dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-precise_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb.deb

Or install via Canonical Partner Repository

# dpkg --add-architecture i386
# add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
# apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ia32-libs skype skype-bin sni-qt:i386

To start skype, go to Applications->Internet->Skype

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