How to Install & Setup Skype on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

September 3, 2010, By Desi Mikkel

Skype is a highly useful Internet Telephony software package. On Ubuntu 10.04 you can install Skype for Linux a few different ways, through the software channel using Terminal or the Ubuntu Software Center or you can download the software package directly from Skype’s official website and install the .deb file yourself. In this tutorial, all of these options will be discussed.

Note: Suggested hardware requirements for Skype 2.1 Beta 2 for Linux are: 1 Ghz processor or faster, 256 MB RAM, 20 MB free disk space on your hard drive, Microphone and speakers headset (if you plan to use for more than just chat), an internet connection – broadband is best (GPRS is not supported for voice calls) and a video card driver with XV support.

Suggested software requirements for Skype Linux Users are: Qt 4.4.0, D-Bus 1.0.0, libasound2 1.0.18, PulseAudio 0.9.16 (optional) and BlueZ 4.0.0 (optional).

Installing and Setting up Skype on Ubuntu 10.04

I would have to say, of all the ways to install Skype on Ubuntu, I prefer to install the version available in the software channel since it is usually better supported. You can do this via the Ubuntu Software Center or by using Terminal. If you prefer to use neither of these ways and would like to download and install the package directly from Skype’s website, skip the steps below and proceed directly to step 2.

Using the Ubuntu Software Center: Run the Ubuntu Software Center (Applications > Ubuntu Software Center), search “Skype” in the top right search bar, click the install button and authenticate with your admin password to install.

Note: You will see a little green check mark appear next to the package name once it has been installed and a “Remove” button where the install button used to be.

Using Terminal: Run Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and type in: “sudo apt-get install Skype” hit enter, type in your administrator password and hit enter again and the package will promptly download and install.

You can find your new app located under Applications > Internet > Skype

Note: If you chose to install Skype using Terminal or the Ubuntu Software Center, skip step 2.

Go to http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/linux/
and click on the green “Download Now” button. (under where it says “Skype 2.1 Beta 2 for Linux)

after clicking the button, you will be directed to http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/linux/post-download/ where you can choose which Linux distro you use. If you use Ubuntu 8.10 or above on a 32-bit system (most likely), click on the “Ubuntu 8.10+ 32-bit” link.

You will see a download pop-up box, asking you if you would like to save the selected “skype-ubuntu-interpid_2.1.0.81-1_i386.deb”, click the “save file” button. The file size for Skype is only 19.2 MB, so it shouldn’t take long to download if you have a decent internet connection.

Now that you have your file, it’s time for installation. Go find the file you just downloaded. (note: unless you specified some other location, the file will save by default your downloads folder (Places > Downloads).

Double Click the Skype Package to open. Note: You may get a pop-up saying “a later version is available in software channel”, if you choose to take that route, then return to step 1. If you decide to go with the package installer, make sure the “Status” reads “All dependencies are satisfied” before proceeding. Dependencies are mentioned above.

Now time to run and set-up your new application. Go to Applications > Internet > Skype. On the first time running Skype, you will be asked to agree to an End User License Agreement. If you agree, click “I agree”. Now you will be asked to enter your “Skype Name” and “Password” for your Skype account.

Note: Basic Skype accounts are free, if you don’t have one you can sign up for one right on your desktop by clicking the “Don’t have a Skype Name yet?” link. There is also a handy link provided for you if you forgot your password. If you want to be Signed in when Skype starts, make sure to check that box.

Congratulations! You are done 🙂 Now you can use Skype for all your internet chatting needs.

Note: This program stays running in the task bar, to close you will have to go up to the task bar, right click on the Skype icon and select “quit” from the menu.

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