Skype is a popular closed-source application for voice chat and telephony which is probably now the most used application for internet conversations. The last Skype release for Linux is 2.0.
One way of installing Skype in Ubuntu 8.04 'Hardy Heron' is to get all the dependencies and then install the DEB package provided on the official website. In order to do it, follow the steps below:
Installation in Ubuntu 8.04
1. Install the needed dependencies
Type in a terminal application and provide your user's password:
sudo apt-get install libasound2 libc6 libgcc1 libqt4-core libqt4-gui libsigc++-2.0-0c2a libstdc++6 libx11-6
2. Download the DEB package and install it
Download the package from the official website here (the one under Ubuntu 7.04+). At the time of writing the package is called skype-debian_18.104.22.168-1_i386.deb. To install it, just type:
sudo dpkg -i skype-debian_22.214.171.124-1_i386.deb
The Skype binary should now be installed in /usr/bin/skype. You can run it by typing ALT+F2 and entering skype in the run dialogue that appears.
3. Removing Skype
To remove it, issue the command:
sudo dpkg -r skype
With your user's password.
Installation in Debian Lenny
Installation in Lenny is similar with the one on Ubuntu, except that you'll have to login as root using su to issue the commands preceded by sudo. For example:
apt-get install libasound2 libc6 libgcc1 libqt4-core libqt4-gui libsigc++-2.0-0c2a libstdc++6 libx11-6
Download the same package as downloaded for Ubuntu, or select the one for Debian Etch (they are one and the same), then issue:
dpkg -i skype-debian_126.96.36.199-1_i386.deb
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