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Start by opening the Software & Updates application, and tabbing to "Other Software". Enable the "Canonical Partners" check boxes. Close the application. It will give you a message about packages being out of date. Select "Reload". Open synaptic and search for skype after the reload is finished. Mark for installation, and apply changes.


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While I can't provide a solution to fully quit Skype & Spotify from the dock, I can show you how to fully quite them both. Once you close the window, as you've seen, the program minimizes to the top bar. From there, you can quit them both. Spotify: Skype: If you have no Skype icon, run this command: sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386 and then ...


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You can just install the main program (skype) without the other packages. The other packages are plugins for other chat applications (Pidgin and Empathy, in this case) to use Skype. If you don't use Pidgin or Empathy, you won't gain anything by installing pidgin-* or empathy-*.



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