Skype 4.1 was recently released bringing audio/video quality enhancements, improved stability, bug fixes etc. If you use Linux Mint 14 and is also new to GNU/Linux, then installing Skype might become troublesome, simply because there is no package listed for Linux Mint on the download page.
So I thought coming up with a simple ‘how to’ post might come in handy for those. For installing it, please follow the below instructions.
Since Linux Mint 14 is based on the Ubuntu 12.10’s core, we can use the Skype pre-built package provided for Ubuntu in Linux Mint 14 as well. But, there is actually no package listed for Ubuntu 12.10 either. However, a package for 12.04 LTS is available and that is what we need.
So, go to this page and move your mouse pointer over the ‘Download Now’ button. Then from the drop-down list, choose the package called ‘Ubuntu 12.04 (multiarch)‘ (this package supports both 32 bit and 64 bit versions, hence the name ‘multiarch’) and save it to your hard disk.
Update (02/13/2013): It seems that some of you are getting an error from the package installer (in ‘Step 2’, below) saying that it has failed to fetch a certain version of ‘mysql’ package. So, as suggested by the commentators, I have decided to add an additional command that should fix it for you.
Open your Terminal and enter the below command before you go to the next step.
sudo apt-get update
Then double click on the downloaded file, and Mint will open it using a package installer called ‘GDebi’.
Once this utility done scanning the Skype package, it might give you a message saying that there is an older version of Skype is available in the official repository and you might be better off with it since it is ‘better supported’.
But, since our aim is to install the latest version of Skype, just close that message box and click on the ‘Install Package’ button instead, as shown below.
After that, wait for few minutes (depends on your internet connection) while ‘GDebi’ downloads other packages required by Skype. Once the installation finishes, you will be notified and then close the installer window.
That’s it, now you should have installed Skype!.
For opening it, search for ‘skype’ on the Start Menu or, you can click on the ‘Internet’ sub menu and locate it from there as well.