Edit: Due to the fact that this article is old, the installation instructions may not work anymore. In order to successfully install the latest version of Skype, please access the skype tag and open the latest article (the one on top).
Hello Linux Geeksters. In this article I will show you how to install install Skype 126.96.36.199 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and Linux Mint 17 Qiana, via the Canonical Partner repository.
As you may know, the Skype version from the Canonical Partner repositories has fixes done by the Ubuntu developers, so it is better for your system then what’s available on skype.com.
In order to install Skype 188.8.131.52 on Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17 via the Canonical Partner repository, we have to add the repo to our system:
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ trusty partner" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/canonical_partner.list'
Update the local repository index:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install skype
Next, start Skype and Agree to the license terms.
Due to the fact that Skype is an application created for 32 bit systems, on 64 bit versions of Ubuntu 14.04 it may use the Clearlooks theme by default, instead of Ambiance, which is the default Ubuntu theme for Skype.
To fix this, you have to install the Murrine and Pixmap GTK2 engines, like this:
$ sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-pixbuf:i386