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I've just installed skype 4.0 for my Ubuntu 12.4LTS and the font and setup of it still looks like the older ersion 2.2 beta. I've tryed reinstalling it, and rebooting my computer but it doesn't help. I know that it's suppose to look differently according to screenshots of other people using it.

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Check the "About Skype" from the menu, and it will tell you what version is running. – Marty Fried Jun 14 '12 at 15:51
it says but still looks like 2.2 beta – Nick Bailuc Jun 14 '12 at 15:54
have you purged your old skype install first before installing the deb package? – fossfreedom Jun 14 '12 at 16:01
purged? you mean uninstalled – Nick Bailuc Jun 14 '12 at 16:05
yes of cource i did – Nick Bailuc Jun 14 '12 at 16:05
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Here's how to upgrade to 4.0 from the previous 2.2 beta version:


1) make sure the old version is purged, and that old config files are moved to a backup folder (in case you want to restore them later if there's a problem)

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge skype

mv ~/.Skype ~/.Skype.bak

2) download the 4.0 deb from the skype website ( and install from commandline:

e.g., sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/skype-ubuntu_4.0.0.7-1_amd64.deb

this will fail with an error. that's ok! we have to run the following command to fix dependencies:

sudo apt-get install -f

now install again:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/skype-ubuntu_4.0.0.7-1_amd64.deb

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no, check again – Nick Bailuc Jun 14 '12 at 15:58
4.0 came out 50 minutes ago – Nick Bailuc Jun 14 '12 at 16:00
OK Sorry For that try this : – AminosAmigos Jun 14 '12 at 16:27

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