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Picture of Skype for linux?
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Just a photo array of how quick it was to install Skype. At this time, it is a beta. Not sure whether Microsoft will continue to support it. Yes, it is no longer open source from what I understand. Caveat Emptor.  How secure it is will also be a foregoing issue.

Go to http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home and click on get skype.

You should be able to find the version for your popular distro.  If not they have generic install but that is a bit more involved to install. You will need to know what version (32 bit for most older systems and 64 bit for the latest systems).   I chose 32 bit Fedora for Fedora 16. 

Click on the version for your system. Then you should be presented with a window for whether to save or just install the software. I like to save the software for later so I do not have to re-dowload it. We will just install the software.

You will be asked to read their eula (end user license agree).   Read it carefully!!  If you agree then go on with the install.

You will probably be asked for the root or your sudo password. So enter it.

Then it will take a minute to install.
 
You can then run the program from your menu.  It should be undeer internet applications.

Note: Most desktop linux distributions usually but not always already have a free telephony  application installed.


Skype alternatives:
Ekiga: http://ekiga.org/
Gnu telephony: http://www.gnutelephony.org/index.php/GNU_Telephony
Google Chat / Google Talk / Google Voice.
Jitsi: http://www.jitsi.org/
Linphone: http://www.linphone.org/
nerd74739 months ago
interesting does it work with ubuntu?
cld0000 nerd74738 months ago

Yes. They have Skype in their repositories. All you have to do is go on to a Terminal session and run the following command as root: "apt-get install skype". The same thing can happen in GUI form, if you search for Skype in the Ubuntu Software Center.

If you want to get the latest, you'll have to have at least Ubuntu 12.04 and download the Debian package from the Skype site. If you don't have a graphical installer, use a Terminal session and run "dpkg -i <Skype.deb>" as root, where <Skype.deb> is the location of your Debian package file you've downloaded for Skype.

nerd7473 cld00008 months ago

ok thanks

Computothought (author)  nerd74739 months ago

Allegedly. We do not use proproetary software if we can help it.. Have not used skype since MS took it over.