I have Skype installed which I got from the Canonical Partners repository, however after reading this article I have come to understand that I can get this latest Alpha version from a repository too though no such update has come to me via the partner repository I have activated. So I have several questions on this matter:

  1. So from which repository (unless that was just a mistake in the article) do I get it from? Is it available under a different name in the partner repository, or is there another official Skype repository?

  2. If it is the case that there is a more official repository to get this from then when it is no longer Alpha but instead Stable, will I be able to upgrade to it via the partner repository I currently have enabled or is it no longer support in there?

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 with GNOME 3.20.

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    You wil not get the alpha from Ubuntu repositories. You gave a link to an artivle where you can find a download link for it. How can we know what happens when it gets stable?
    – Pilot6
    Jul 29, 2016 at 13:27
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    @Pilot6: The article suggests that you can get it from a repo, I am not interested in just downloading a .deb file, I want to be able to update it through apt, and it is suggested at the end of the article that this is possible. So how do I add the repo? Also, it might have been announced somewhere or there might be a standard thing to happen with the version in the partner repository. If you don't know, say, the most important thing I want to know is how to get it from a repo so that I can just upgrade it with apt rather than having to download a new .deb file every time.
    – user364819
    Jul 29, 2016 at 13:36
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    The repo is https://repo.skype.com/deb/pool/main/s/skypeforlinux/ as you can easily find out. But it is not that sort of repo that can be used with apt.
    – Pilot6
    Jul 29, 2016 at 13:37
  • @Pilot6: How do you explain this bit at the end of the article then: If you already have Skype for Linux installed you don’t need to download anything. You’ll be notified of this update through your distribution’s software update mechanism, which in Ubuntu’s case is Software Updater.?
    – user364819
    Jul 29, 2016 at 13:41
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    @Pilot6 of course it is, what are you talking about?
    – hobbs
    Jul 29, 2016 at 18:57

1 Answer 1

  1. Download the Deb package for Skype for Linux Beta with your favourite web browser or HTTP client.

    • For a terminal-based solution use:

      wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb
  2. Install the Deb package with your favourite package manager, e. g. Software Center or GDebi.

    • For a terminal-based solution or to debug the package installation use:

      sudo dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.deb
      sudo apt install -f
  3. You're done! When you installed the package it automatically added the repository

    deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main

    to the file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list to keep your installation of Skype up to date via Ubuntu's package update process.