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jovan@jovan-HP-ProBook-4540s:~$ sudo apt-get install skype
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies: skype : Depends: skype-bin

E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
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Have you added some PPAs? What does sudo apt-get dist-upgrade do? –  mreq May 10 '13 at 20:35
    
does nothing read pls: –  Jovan May 15 '13 at 20:05
    
jovan@jovan-HP-ProBook-4540s:~$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Calculating upgrade... Done 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. –  Jovan May 15 '13 at 20:05
    
@rolandixor Since you have so much experience would you be so kind and point a direction for me where to search the solution for my issue? Thanks –  Jovan May 24 '13 at 23:10
    
@Jovan have you looked at the other question I pointed you to? –  RolandiXor May 25 '13 at 1:47
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7 Answers 7

For Ubuntu 13.04 and Onwards ( 13.10 , 14.04 , 14.10 .....)

command line way

Open Terminal & copy paste the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install skype

HELP How do I install Skype?


GUI WAY

Go To System Settings > Software & Updates

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Then

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Authenticate & Click Close

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Install It From Ubuntu Software Center

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For Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty (64bit) fix skin issue with this command:

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

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These instructions worked fine for me on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), too. –  zrajm Jan 8 at 21:10
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These instructions work for 13.10 and 14.04. Thank you! –  Zlatty Feb 3 at 14:03
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This should be the accepted answer, works in 14.04 64b –  Jorge Sampayo Apr 25 at 15:30
    
It will work on every Ubuntu version –  Qasim Apr 25 at 15:36
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You can't install skype on later 64 bit systems without adding i386 architecture. See askubuntu.com/questions/215298/… –  Avinash Raj May 2 at 3:50
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To install skype:

You can either do it the easy way by typing this into your Terminal : sudo apt-get -f install skype or you can Install skype manually by following these steps:

  1. Go to Skype's homepage and download Skype for ubuntu: Skype Download for Ubuntu
  2. When download is finished, go to the download folder where you downloaded Sype.
  3. Right click on the Skype-package you downloaded and click on open with ubuntu software centerenter image description here
  4. After that this window should open: enter image description here
  5. Now press on install, located in the right corner, and wait until the installation is complete.
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Thanks to all for the input, but it just don't want to work –  Jovan May 15 '13 at 20:01
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Try this: sudo apt-get -f install skype –  M.Meintjes May 16 '13 at 7:38
    
the versions in the software channel are in my experience more robust. –  Davoud Taghawi-Nejad Aug 8 '13 at 15:00
    
For Ubuntu one can download only precise or lucid compatible Skype... –  Gediminas Jeremiah Gudelis Sep 10 '13 at 17:20
    
it is helpful... –  Arup Rakshit Mar 31 at 6:30
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it looks like skype is not in the standard repositories anymore, and also not in the software center. I also had no luck with the downloaded version.

This is what did work: go to settings -> software and updates. now under the 'Other software' tab check the 'canonical partners' sources. after this I did a sudo apt-get update and than sudo apt-get install skype

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Same all same all –  Jovan May 15 '13 at 20:02
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Don't have enough reputation to give a comment but upvoted user172139's answer since that's the solution that fixed the problem described (same problem I had:

Change the download server in the Ubuntu Software Center > Software Sources from your country (I'm currently in Serbia, but had this problem as well when I lived in Denmark) to the Main Server.

When doing sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade after this I had bunch of previously unavailable updates and sudo apt-get install skype worked like a charm. Now I have Skype installed and working fine!

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Easiest way is to enable Partners software source in Software Center. Then just apt-get update then apt-get install skype. Works like expected to work. Regards.

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Had same problem after I have switched to Ubuntu. To solve this, go to "software and updates" and then, on Ubuntu Software tab, change "Download from: #your country# (guess its my region/country)" and change it to "Main Server". Run "apt-get upgrade" and "apt-get update". After "that apt-get install skype" and it should be just fine.

Hope this will solve it.

Regards,

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The servers have the same content regardless of location. The issue is in enabling the partner repository. –  papukaija Jul 3 '13 at 0:23
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Guyz,

TRY this, installed in my machine thorugh this command

sudo apt-get -f install skype

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@guntbert apt-get -f install skype does not "force install". I think what you're referring to is --force-yes. The option mentioned in the answer basically tells Ubuntu that "skype is the package that will fix the dependency issues". But it's a wrong answer though, because skype is the package we're trying to install in the first place. –  Alaa Ali Sep 16 '13 at 16:24
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