Looking for help installing Skype? This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Skype for Linux on Ubuntu 17.04 / 17.10 desktop. Skype is a very popular free VOIP software used to make free Skype-to-Skype calls and text to stay in touch with friends and family.
A Linux version of Skype was recently updated.. and this adds some new features including, enhanced user interface, cloud-based group chat experience, PulseAudio support and file transfer improvements across multiple devices and bunch of other fixes.
Also, Skype version 4.3 and all previous versions have already expired… so if you haven’t upgraded to the latest versions, it’s time to do so. Just follow the guide below to get the latest version of Skype installed.
To install or upgrade Skype, use the steps below
Step 1: Uninstall all Previous Versions
To install or upgrade, make sure you don’t already have previous versions installed. To get rid of Skype on Ubuntu, run the commands below
sudo apt-get purge skypeforlinux && sudo apt-get autoremove
Step 2: Installing / Upgrade Skype
Now that Skype is uninstalled, run the commands below to install a required package that Skype needs.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https -y
Then run the commands below to add Skype repository to Ubuntu. If curl isn’t installed, you may want to run sudo apt-get install curl before running the commands below or you may get an error the curl is not installed.
sudo apt-get install curl
curl https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list
Finally, run the commands below to install Skype
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux -y
Congratulations! You’ve just install Skype for Linux on Ubuntu 17.04 /17.10
This post shows students and new users how to install Skype for Linux on Ubuntu 17.04 / 17.10. Skype is a free VOIP software that allows users to make free Skype to Skype calls and text. It also have a feature that make calls to phone lines, but that is a paid feature.
Remember, all Skype version 4.3 and previous are expired and no longer supported by Microsoft. If you haven’t upgraded, it’s time to do so.
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