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Install skype on ubuntu

Skype is a very popular business communication tool for users worldwide. The chances are If you are conducting business internationally, the majority of your contacts will be making use of Skype, to make phone calls, video conference and chat.

Although Skype is mostly used on Windows or Macs, most people are aware that it is also possible to use of Skype on linux. In this post I will provide instructions on how to install skype on your ubuntu desktop.

If you're using a 64 bit version of ubuntu, you should enable multiArch if it isn't already running.

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Add Canonical Partner Repository to your repository list

sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"

retrieve new lists of packages and install skype

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype

** Don't download and install the package from the skype website, as the skype website points the users to the wrong package for 64 bit systems of ubuntu **

Once install has completed you can close the terminal window, then you can locate the skype application in your application scopes, i.e. click on the ubuntu icon on your quick launch and type skype in the search text box. The skype icon should appear click on it to launch the application.

skype scope

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