How To Install Skype 4.1 In Ubuntu

Skype is a great tool that allows friends and family all over the world to speak to each other in a very simple way. For me personally Skype really came into it’s own whilst deployed on operations in Afganistand & Iraq.

You see, in the British Army soldiers only get 30 minutes of phone calls per week to their loved ones; which really isn’t a lot when you have a large family and a girlfriend like I do. So, I purchase a Skype number and some credit and with an internet connection I was able to call all my loved ones back in the UK and they could call me by dialling a geographically local number to them. So, it was extremely cheap, or free if they had a free minutes bundle on their mobile phones. I could get many hours of talk time from a single £10 top up.

Anyway, enough of the nostalgia. I’m sure you guys just want to know how the hell you get the latest version of Skype running in Ubuntu. Here’s how…

Enable Canonical Partner Repositories

This is very easy to do. All you need to do is open up the Ubuntu Software Centre, then click Edit > Software Sources from the global menu.


Now in the window that pops up, click on the Other Software tab. Find the Canonical Partners entries and fill in the check box next to them.


Once that’s done click on the Close button, open up terminal and run the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype

That’s it, job done! You now have Skype installed on your machine. How easy was that!


How To Install Skype 4.1 In Ubuntu
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