ubuntu - tips & tricks





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.

Add Canonical Partner Repository to your repository list

retrieve new lists of packages and 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

This will launch the application. All that is required now is to accept the licence agreement

Skype agreement

Sign into the account with your username and password or create an account

Skype Application page




Gary Woodfine

Helps businesses by improving their technical proficiencies and eliminating waste from the software development pipelines. A unique background as business owner, marketing, software development and business development ensures that he can offer the optimum business consultancy services across a wide spectrum of business challenges.

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