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.
- Remove old skype packages if they exist:
sudo apt-get purge skype skype-bin
- 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.
- Install the necessary support libraries:
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs lib32stdc++6 lib32asound2
- Install the skype binary package itself:
sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu_126.96.36.199-1_amd64.deb
Enjoy the ad-free Linux version of Skype thanks to… Microsoft.