Skype 4.2 Has Been Released | Install Skype 4.2 on Ubuntu

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).

The latest installation instructions for Skype

Hello Linux Geeksters. Skype 4.2 for Linux has been officially released.

It brings a series of small bugfixes and a few changes. If you want to install Skype 4.2, the latest Skype version available on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal and Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, this is what you have to do.

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First, uninstall the Skype version, from the Ubuntu repositories (if you have it):

$ sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin

Next, download Skype from the official site. They say this Skype version is for Ubuntu 12.04, but it works also on newer Ubuntu released (I have just tested it):

Install Skype:

$ sudo dpkg -i skype*.deb

Fix the dependecy issues, if needed:

$ sudo apt-get install -f

Now, fix the known issues. If you have no Skype icon in the tray, install sni-qt:

For 32 bit systems:

$ sudo apt-get install sni-qt

For 64 bit systems:

$ sudo apt-get install sni-qt sni-qt:i386

If you get sound issues, do this:

For 32 bit systems:

$ sudo apt-get install libasound2-plugins

For 64 bit systems:

$ sudo apt-get install libasound2-plugins:i386

Note: To fix the Skype issues on 64 bit systems, you install sni-qt and libasound2-plugins for 32 bit on you 64 bit machines. That is what :i386 at the end of the package name is.

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3 comments on “Skype 4.2 Has Been Released | Install Skype 4.2 on Ubuntu
  1. asd says:

    The steps does not work.

    $ cat /etc/issue
    Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS \n \l

    $ sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-precise_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb
    Selecting previously unselected package skype:i386.
    (Reading database … 142684 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking skype:i386 (from skype-ubuntu-precise_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb) …
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of skype:i386:
    skype:i386 depends on libasound2 (>= 1.0.23).
    skype:i386 depends on libc6 (>= 2.3.6-6~).
    skype:i386 depends on libc6 (>= 2.7).
    skype:i386 depends on libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1).
    skype:i386 depends on libqt4-dbus (>= 4:4.5.3).
    skype:i386 depends on libqt4-network (>= 4:4.8.0).
    skype:i386 depends on libqt4-xml (>= 4:4.5.3).
    skype:i386 depends on libqtcore4 (>= 4:4.7.0~beta1).
    skype:i386 depends on libqtgui4 (>= 4:4.8.0).
    skype:i386 depends on libqtwebkit4 (>= 2.2~2011week36).
    skype:i386 depends on libstdc++6 (>= 4.6).
    skype:i386 depends on libx11-6.
    skype:i386 depends on libxext6.
    skype:i386 depends on libxss1.
    skype:i386 depends on libxv1.
    skype:i386 depends on libssl1.0.0.
    dpkg: error processing skype:i386 (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
    Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme …
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils …
    Processing triggers for bamfdaemon …
    Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index…
    Processing triggers for gnome-menus …
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    skype:i386

    $ sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-precise_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb
    Selecting previously unselected package skype:i386.
    (Reading database … 142684 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking skype:i386 (from skype-ubuntu-precise_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb) …
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of skype:i386:
    skype:i386 depends on libasound2 (>= 1.0.23).
    skype:i386 depends on libc6 (>= 2.3.6-6~).
    skype:i386 depends on libc6 (>= 2.7).
    skype:i386 depends on libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1).
    skype:i386 depends on libqt4-dbus (>= 4:4.5.3).
    skype:i386 depends on libqt4-network (>= 4:4.8.0).
    skype:i386 depends on libqt4-xml (>= 4:4.5.3).
    skype:i386 depends on libqtcore4 (>= 4:4.7.0~beta1).
    skype:i386 depends on libqtgui4 (>= 4:4.8.0).
    skype:i386 depends on libqtwebkit4 (>= 2.2~2011week36).
    skype:i386 depends on libstdc++6 (>= 4.6).
    skype:i386 depends on libx11-6.
    skype:i386 depends on libxext6.
    skype:i386 depends on libxss1.
    skype:i386 depends on libxv1.
    skype:i386 depends on libssl1.0.0.
    dpkg: error processing skype:i386 (–install):
    dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
    Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme …
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils …
    Processing triggers for bamfdaemon …
    Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index…
    Processing triggers for gnome-menus …
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    skype:i386

    • Geekster says:

      you have a lot of missing dependencies. try:

      $ sudo apt-get install gdebi
      $ sudo gdebi skype-ubuntu-precise_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb

  2. L says:

    (alternative method worked)

    >> Alternative Method (This will automatically detect OS architecture and install latest skype)
    To install skype in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
    Terminal Commands:

    sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner”
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install skype && sudo apt-get -f install

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