Installing Skype

Ah, Skype: the de facto standard for Internet telephony. Not exactly open source, no, but it does run on most platforms (including Ubuntu) and it gets the job done.

It's not something I usually put on my Ubuntu desktop, but a prospective employer wanted to chat, so I had to rush to get it running. The good thing is that it's much easier to install it nowadays.

The Ubuntu help site has a page dedicated to Skype and that comes out on top of a Google search. There are a number of options, but the one I would recommend is the first one.

  1. Add the Skype repository: deb stable non-free

  2. Reload or update the package information

  3. Install the skype package.

Click on System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager and open up the Third-Party Software dialog. From there, add the Skype repository. Your Repositories dialog should look thus:

Reload the repositories and from there, skype should appear in your packages list.

During installation, APT might complain that you don't have libqt4-core. That may happen because some repositories under Ubuntu Software were left unchecked. If that happens, just go back and activate all the repositories. Don't forget to reload repositories.

Skype should appear as a menu item under the Internet group.