Skype is a popular p2p chat application. It uses very good video quality on low bandwidths.On 10 May 2011, Microsoft Corporation agreed to acquire Skype Communications, S.à r.l for US$8.5 billion. But it still maintains a Linux client. So Ubuntu users can easly install skype. Also it has clients on popular Mobile OS like iphone, android, symbian etc…
Install Skype on Ubuntu 12.o4
There are two ways to install skype on your Ubuntu 12.04 machine.
Install Skype on Ubuntu 12.04 using Partner Repository
Just open Ubuntu Software Center and type “Skype” on it. Add the “oneiric-partner” repository and install Skype.
Do not install Skype from official site!
Since Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), Skype is part of the Canonical partner repository. To install Skype add the Canonical Partner Repository. You can add canonical partner repository easly by using the commands below. Press Ctrl + Alt + T for terminal. Copy paste these commands press enter..
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
Then install Skype via the Software-Center or via the Terminal.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype
It is highly recommended to use the package provided in the Canonical partner repository, not the one distributed from the skype website, as the skype website currently points users to the wrong package for 64-bit systems of Ubuntu 11.10 and above.
Open the deb file using ubuntu software center and click install.
Go to the menu and open the skype. You will get a nice feature rich skype client. The version is 2.2 beta. It is a way much better than the skype client for windows.
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