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So I have this imac G5 model 8.7 running powerpc64.

I can't install any of the .debs they have on because they're the wrong architecture and I also tried adding the partner repo for the software center but when I do sudo apt-get install skype it says it can't find the package as if the repo I just added doesn't exist. I added the repo with the following command:

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

I'm running

Ubuntu Release 12.04 (precise) 32-bit
Kernel Linux 3.2.0-31-powerpc64-smp
GNOME 3.4.2

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The funny thing is that after I added the repo with that command I wasn't asked to confirm adding it and neither did I see an RSA key being added as I do with other repos. – user89004 Sep 12 '12 at 14:36
try sudo apt-get update then sudo apt-get install skype – blade19899 Sep 12 '12 at 14:37
there is a powerpc version of skype, a while back i downloaded it and installed it. don't know where i downloaded it try and under the download section i think there is a powerpc download link. if not ;) – blade19899 Sep 12 '12 at 14:53
I forgot to mention I already did run apt-get update – user89004 Sep 12 '12 at 15:37
It's not just a normal powerpc version that I'm looking for, it's a powerpc version that will work under Ubuntu, not under Mac OS X. – user89004 Sep 12 '12 at 18:19
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OK, so I found this page that finally puts the question to rest. It's at:

PowerPCFAQ - Ubuntu Wiki#What_software_is_available_for_PowerPC.3F

and it clearly says that there is no Skype for Ubuntu PowerPC.

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Skype is a proprietary application and they do not offer PowerPC builds. If it is possible for you to run the i386 build, it is available in the partner PPA.

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What about that static tar.gz package that they have, would that work if installed manually? – user89004 Sep 12 '12 at 15:37
Or would they have an older version that works on PowerPC? – user89004 Sep 12 '12 at 15:38
It will work if you have a working i386 VM to run it under. As far as I know, Skype has never provided a PowerPC build for Linux. – dobey Sep 12 '12 at 15:55

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