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Never used Skype before? Don’t worry, it’s easy to get started.
All you need to do is:
Never used Skype before? Don’t worry, you can join us by creating a new Skype account:
It needs to be between 6-32 characters, start with a letter and contain only letters and numbers (no spaces or special characters).
Important: After you have created your Skype Name, you cannot change it so make sure you’re happy with it.
If someone is already using the Skype Name you’ve entered, select one of the suggestions displayed or try entering a different one.
The latest version of Skype for Linux requires QtWebKit libraries for 32-bit versions. Find your Linux distribution below and follow the instructions to download and install Skype.
Choose your version of Ubuntu and follow the steps to download and install Skype:
10.04 - 11.10 at 32-bit
10.04 - 11.10 at 64-bit
sudo apt-get install lib32stdc++6 lib32asound2 ia32-libs libc6-i386 lib32gcc1
./usr/lib/libphonon.so.4 ./usr/lib/libphonon.so.4.4 ./usr/lib/libphonon.so.4.4.0
where “user” needs to be replaced with your Linux username and “skype-4.2” needs to be replaced with the name of the Skype folder you created in the step 2.
12.04+ at 32 or 64-bit
These instructions also apply to installing Skype on Mint 13 or higher.
Learn more about using Skype on Ubuntu.*
To download and install Skype on Debian, simply select your version of Debian and follow the instructions:
6.0 at 32-bit
apt-get install libasound2 libc6 libgcc1 libqt4-dbus libqt4-network libqt4-webkit libqt4-xml libqtcore4 libqtgui4 libstdc++6 libx11-6 libxext6 libxss1 libxv1
6.0 at 64-bit
apt-get install lib32asound2 ia32-libs ia32-libs-gtk
usr/lib/libQtWebKit.so.4 usr/lib/libQtWebKit.so.4.6 usr/lib/libQtWebKit.so.4.6.3
usr/lib/libphonon.so.4 usr/lib/libphonon.so.4.3 usr/lib/libphonon.so.4.3.1
usr/lib/libQtXmlPatterns.so.4 usr/lib/libQtXmlPatterns.so.4.6 usr/lib/libQtXmlPatterns.so.4.6.3
7.0+ at 32-bit
7.0+ at 64-bit
dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update
Learn more about using Skype on Debian*.
Choose your version of Fedora and follow the instructions to download and install Skype:
16+ at 32-bit
16+ at 64-bit
sudo yum -y install libXv.i686 libXScrnSaver.i686 qt.i686 qt-x11.i686 pulseaudio-libs.i686 pulseaudio-libs-glib2.i686 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i686 qtwebkit.i686
To download and install Skype on OpenSUSE, simply choose the version of OpenSUSE you’re using and follow the instructions:
12.1+ at 32-bit
12.1+ at 64-bit
su -c 'zypper install xorg-x11-libXv-32bit libqt4-32bit libqt4-x11-32bit libpng12-0-32bit libQtWebKit4-32bit'
Learn more about using Skype on OpenSUSE*.
It’s easy to download and install Skype on CentOS. Simply choose your version of CentOS and follow the instructions:
6+ at 32/64-bit
Learn more about using Skype on CentOS*.
There are also other Linux distributions on which you can install Skype. You only need to download and install the Dynamic version of Skype.
The installation process may vary depending on the version of the distribution as the dynamic package has different requirements and dependencies for installing additional libraries or packages.
To learn more about using the Dynamic version of Skype, visit the Skype community.
When you’ve downloaded and installed Skype, you only need to sing in for the first time and you’re ready to enjoy all the great Skype features:
You’re now ready to add your friends as contacts, then call, video call and instant message them. Or, with a little Skype Credit, you can make calls to mobiles and landlines, and send SMS text messages.
Learn more about Skype for Linux.
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