WEVA/How-To Install Skype 2.0 in Debian

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How-To Install Skype 2.0 in Debian

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In this tutorial we will:
  • How to Install Skype 2.0 on a computer running Debian or any of its distributions such as Ubuntu

Note: This how-to may also work in Ubuntu and other Debian-based distributions.

Skype is a very popular closed-source application for voice conferences and chat. It gained a lot of popularity in the last couple of years, becoming one of the most used applications for internet conversations. The latest Skype release is 2.0.

To install Skype, you will first need to get all of its dependencies:

    apt-get install libasound2 libc6 libgcc1 libqt4-core libqt4-gui libsigc++-2.0-0c2a libstdc++6 libx11-6

Note: You have to be root in order to install software in Debian. To login as root type su in any console and enter the root password. The password goes in as you type it even if no output is shown.

Note: Ubuntu users, prefix these commands with sudo since the root account is disabled by default in Ubuntu, then enter your user password.

Next, download the Skype Debian Etch package from here. At the time of writing the package is called skype-debian_2.0.0.68-1_i386.deb. To install it, open a console and type as root:

    dpkg -i skype-debian_2.0.0.68-1_i386.deb

Or whatever your package is called. You should now have Skype installed. To run in, type in a console skype and it should start.

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To remove Skype, issue the following command as root:

    dpkg -r skype