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Installing Skype on Ubuntu

Installing Skype on Ubuntu


Let see how you would go about installing Skype on Ubuntu

Installing Skype on Ubuntu is a very easy and quick process. So let me show you how it is done. Please note that there is a known GUI interface issue with Ubuntu 14.04 but not to worry. I will show you how to fix that as well using a simple install of gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 and gtk2-engines-pixbuf:i386 sni-qt:i386.

If you don’t want to watch the video above and want me to show you how. Please follow the instructions below:
1. Open the terminal by pressing ctrl+alt+t
2. Now type the following command to add the source to your repository and press enter

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

3. Next we will do the normal update by running the following and pressing enter. This will update your current packages and not only the newly added source.

sudo apt-get update

4. Now we come to the installation part of Skype. While still inside terminal use this command to install Skype on your Ubuntu machine

sudo apt-get install skype

Your Skype installation is now done but we have one last thing to do in order to complete the process. Remember I told you there was a known GUI error when using Ubuntu 14.04 64bit. Well here is what you need to do in order to resolve the issue. It is a quick one liner that will save you a lot of frustration.

5. Since I am running Ubuntu 14.04 64bit I will need to run the following to resolve the known GUI error.

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 gtk2-engines-pixbuf:i386 sni-qt:i386

6. Now we can open Skype using terminal by simply running the following command and hitting enter


You can also open it by searching for Skype on your main menu of Ubuntu.

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