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I'm having trouble installing Skype. I have Canonical Partners enabled in Synaptic Package Manager, but skype is not showing in the search. If I try to install via:

sudo apt install skype

I get:

E: Unable to locate package skype

I went to the Skype web site and it offered a .deb file only in 64 bit.

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    skypeforlinux is now 64-bit only. the old 32-bit skype is no longer supported nor does it work. – ravery Nov 20 '17 at 17:26
  • I edited and added "32-bit version" to the title as I suspect that's what you're trying to do (from "I went to the Skype web site and it offered a .deb file only in 64 bit."). If it's not the case please revert this edit. – pomsky Nov 20 '17 at 17:38
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It seems Skype's providing only 64-bit packages now.

As a workaround you may try Rambox, an Electron based

Free, Open Source and Cross Platform messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one.

Skype is among the available services along with WhatsApp, Messenger, Viber, Telegram, Google Hangouts, Gmail, Twitter etc. There is also an option to add services manually.

To install Rambox, first download the 32-bit deb package of the latest release (v0.5.13) from their official GitHub page. Then run the following command in Terminal

sudo dpkg -i /path/to/the/package/package-name.deb

For example if you have downloaded the 32-bit package linked above to your Downloads folder then run

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/Rambox_0.5.13-ia32.deb

There's a similar application called Franz, but it seems it's recent release(s) offers only 64-bit packages. There is a legacy version of the application with 32-bit packages.

  • No go. All 4 dependencies are installed on my system: dpkg: error processing package rambox:i386 (--install): dependency problems - leaving unconfigured Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu5.1) ... Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-6ubuntu3.1) ... Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.3~bzr0+16.04.20160824-0ubuntu1) ... Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index... Processing triggers for mime-support (3.59ubuntu1) ... Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.15-0ubuntu1) ... Errors were encountered while processing: rambox:i386 – rawlins02 Nov 20 '17 at 17:55
  • After doing apt-get clean, autoclean, and autoremove, I've successfully installed Rambox. But after clicking in Dash, it started and then crashed, just like Skype. Just one of those days... – rawlins02 Nov 20 '17 at 18:21
  • Thank you @pomsky. I'm going to stick to traditional phone line for my infrequent work calls for the foreseeable future. – rawlins02 Nov 20 '17 at 19:08
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Skye provides a skype for web add on for chrome. This allows you to login without downloading skype. please look into this.

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it's very very very simple. I use Skype for Web, just go here and login (http://web.skype.com). It will allow you to use any OS with any browsers without installing anything at all. No add ons, no downloads, nothing. Enjoy!

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