Newly installed 16.04 on new dell laptop.

Tried using software centre in order to download skype. Software centre failed to launch, hanging for a while. Launcher info corrupt?

Not sure in what sequence:

  • launched as software-center from command line (but did not find skype)
  • re-installed and rebooted
  • did not launch from launcher, so removed entry from launcher
  • re-installed again, still not finding either skype or opencpn (apps that I use)

So much old info around very confused as to current status..


The repository may have been corrupted. You can use the following command to clean out your apt list:

sudo rm -r /var/lib/apt/lists/*

Then update with

sudo apt update


sudo apt-get update

If you still can't find the Skype package you can download it and install it with:

sudo dpkg -i SKYPE_PACKAGE.deb
  • If you need to remove the package you can use sudo dpkg -r SKYPE_PACKAGE.deb – Future Gadget May 27 '18 at 7:54
  • Thanks, guys... still in a hole. Refreshing the list worked, but still no skype, and downloading it did not work either. I am running software-center from the command line, but picking up that that has now been superceded by gnome-software? More research needed. – John Walker May 28 '18 at 8:44
  • gnome-software from terminal just hangs. Have removed software-center in case of conflict (which appeared to be ok). Gnome software is at 3.20.5 and ubuntu is – John Walker May 28 '18 at 13:46
  • aptitude shows 32 updates available, but can't fathom how to use the beast.. – John Walker May 28 '18 at 13:47
  • Try using sudo apt-get upgrade – Future Gadget Jun 6 '18 at 10:04

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