Step 1: Remove previous version.
sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin:i386 skype:i386
sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386
It is Important if you installed older version of Skype on your Ubuntu, Clear the old Skype folder before installing latest version. Then clear that by using:
rm -rf ~/.Skype
Step 2: Preparing to Installing Skype.
Users of 64-bit Ubuntu, should enable MultiArch if it isn't already enabled by running the command
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
Update repositories and "updates" list:
sudo apt-get update
GDebi (see below):
sudo apt-get install gdebi #(read Why you need to install gdebi...)
Step 3: Installing Skype
Method 1: Download and install from file
sudo gdebi skype-ubuntu-precise_184.108.40.206-1_i386.deb
Method 2: Install Skype from Canonical Partner Repository
So add the Canonical Partner Repository to "updates" list by following the command:
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
Then install Skype via the Software-Center or via the Terminal.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype
Why you need to install gdebi instead of using dpkg or Ubuntu software center.
dpkg (for Debian package) is a software tool from the command line is responsible for installing, creating, deleting, and managing Debian (packets deb), the type of packets processed by Ubuntu. It also allows the Debian package management from sources outside the apt repositories.
To install packages,
dpkg has a graphical interface,
gdebi , you can use if you prefer to avoid the command line.
gdebi is an application installation and management of Debian (.deb) packages. This is a utility that works both in graphic mode console and allow the installation of packages outside of APT deposits : from a website, CD-ROM, portable media, etc.
It has the same functionality as
Ubuntu Software Center : it ensures that the package to be installed is compatible with the version and architecture of the Ubuntu system in which you try to install it, and also ensures that all dependencies required by the package are satisfied. Otherwise, the dependencies are downloaded from the Internet. Using tabs,
gdebi also provides access to important information such as folder paths in which to install the various files from .deb package.
gdebi is a lightweight deb packages installer which was the default in Ubuntu Desktop. Now Ubuntu uses Ubuntu Software Center which is slow and sometimes you get
The package is of bad quality error.
Read more about
To install a package you have downloaded from a website, rather than from a software repository. These packages are called .deb files. Because they may have been created for a different Linux distribution, you might find that there's dependency issues with Ubuntu, meaning that they may be uninstallable.
gdebi is a simple tool to install .deb files. It has a graphical user interface but can also be used in your terminal. It lets you install local deb packages resolving and installing its dependencies.. It automatically checks packages for their dependencies and will try to download them from the Ubuntu software repositories if possible. You may first need to install
gdebi - simply install the
gdebi package using one of the package managers like
Synaptic or open a Terminal and type
sudo apt-get install gdebi.
Once you have installed
gdebi, use the File Browser to find the package you want to install.
Double-click the package to open it with
gdebi. If all dependencies have been met for the selected package, simply click the
Install package button to install it.
gdebi will warn you if there are unmet dependencies, which means that there's dependencies that aren't resolved in the repositories that you're using.