To keep in touch with other Skype users, I wish to install web-based Skype on my 64-bit i386 lubuntu 18.04.3 laptop.
The Microsoft-based Skype website offers skypeforlinux-64.deb (70MB) for Debian Linux (should be OK, given the OS similarity) – but the download is for amd64 (odd, as MS prefers intel to AMD) and needs converting to i386 before installation.
The programme dpkg-deb should do the conversion – but 'help' from dpkg-deb --help is incomprehensible. The correct command line (started from the directory containing skypeforlinux-64.deb) presumably begins
sudo dpkg-deb skypeforlinux-64.deb --add-architecture i386 …
but clearly needs further parameters.
- My 64-bit i386 lubuntu 18.04.3 R60 ThinkPad System Profiler returns Kernel: Linux 4.15-60-generic (i616) [more info later]. Thus I 'merely' need to convert from 64-bit amd to 64-bit intel.
- My Skype problems began Mar 2019 when MS restricted browser-based Skype to their newest Windows + Edge browser.
- So earlier MS 'solutions' are obsolete.
- MS has never released source code!