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June 18, 2012

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Skype 4.0 on Ubuntu Precise (12.04) 64-bit

There is a new version of skype out for Linux, version 4.0 which has interesting changelog entries:

* Much lower chance Skype for Linux will crash or freeze
* chat history loading is now much faster
* …several investments we made in improving audio quality … and improving video call quality
* …extended support for more cameras
* and more

Good enough for me! There is still no true 64 bit binary/package from Skype. The result is that their fake “64 bit” Skype needs an additional 100MB of i386 packages in order for it to run properly.

The rundown:

  1. Remove old skype packages if they exist: sudo apt-get purge skype skype-bin
  2. Download latest Skype (4.0) (fake) 64-bit package for Ubuntu 10.04+. It might say skype 2.2 beta on the screen, they have yet to update the page. The download link goes to the 4.0 version.
  3. Install the necessary support libraries: sudo apt-get install ia32-libs lib32stdc++6 lib32asound2
  4. Install the skype binary package itself: sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu_4.0.0.7-1_amd64.deb

Enjoy the ad-free Linux version of Skype thanks to… Microsoft.

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  1. woo
    Jul 2 2012

    i tried what you suggest, but on clean upgraded system with ubuntu precise 12.04 (from 10.04):

    $ sudo apt-get install ia32-libs lib32stdc++6 lib32asound2
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    ia32-libs : Depends: ia32-libs-multiarch but it is not installable
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    what gives???

    Reply
    • Jul 3 2012

      Then add ia32-libs-multiarch to the list to install. :)

    • Philippe
      Jul 6 2012

      Sounds not that easy:
      $ uname -a
      Linux IT-Laptop 3.2.0-26-generic #41-Ubuntu SMP Thu Jun 14 17:49:24 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

      $ sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-multiarch lib32stdc++6 lib32asound2
      Reading package lists… Done
      Building dependency tree
      Reading state information… Done
      Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
      requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
      distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
      or been moved out of Incoming.
      The following information may help to resolve the situation:

      The following packages have unmet dependencies:
      ia32-libs-multiarch:i386 : Depends: libcupsimage2:i386 but it is not going to be installed
      E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

  2. irie-marc
    Mar 8 2013

    run
    $ sudo apt-get purge skype skype-bin
    before installing ia32-libs-multiarch
    that worked for me

    Reply

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