The brand new Skype for Linux app was released by Microsoft a few days ago. Currently it’s in alpha stage which has a new responsive UI, group IM and calls. Group video and calling phone numbers will come in upcoming releases.
Other features in this release are as follows:
- The ability to send files and photos
- Web link previews: shows a preview of the content in a web link.
- YouTube player: preview YouTube videos you send or receive
- @mention notifications
- Typing indicator shows you or your contacts are typing.
- a whole new range of new emoticons
Deb and RPM package are provided for Linux users to download and install. However, in some parts of the world, you might find that you are being redirected to your country specific Skype website which probably doesn’t have the latest Skype for Linux download link.
Yes, you can use a proxy server or VPN to help you get an US IP address and download the client. But for those who do not have access to US IP address, here’s how to install Skype for Linux directly from the official repository. The following steps are tested on Debian 8, Ubuntu 16.04, Fedora 23 and OpenSUSE Leap 42.1.
Install Skype for Linux Alpha on Debian/Ubuntu
Make sure you have
sudo apt install apt-transport-https -y
Download Skype for Linux GPG key and import it to your Debian/Ubuntu system.
curl https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY | sudo apt-key add -
Run the following command to add Skype for Linux repository.
echo "deb https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skypeforlinux.list
Finally update local package index and install Skype for Linux.
sudo apt update sudo apt install skypeforlinux -y
Start Skype for Linux alpha from Unity Dash.
Install Skype for Linux Alpha on Fedora 23
Add the official Repository with:
sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo=https://repo.skype.com/data/skype-stable.repo
If the above command failed, then manually add the repo by creating a repo file.
sudo nano /etc/yum.repos.d/skypeforlinux.repo
Paste the following line in this file.
[skype-stable] name=Skypeforlinux - stable baseurl=https://repo.skype.com/rpm/stable/ enabled=1 skip_if_unavailable=1 gpgkey=https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY gpgcheck=1
Ctrl+O to save the file.
Ctrl+X to close the file. Then install Skype client.
sudo dnf install skypeforlinux -y
Note that on Fedora 24 Skype has dependency problem.
Install Skype for Linux Alpha on OpenSUSE
Add repository with this command:
sudo zypper ar -f https://repo.skype.com/rpm/stable skypeforlinux
Update repository information and install the Skype client.
sudo zypper update sudo zypper install skypeforlinux
Skype for Linux Screenshots
Login using a standard Skype account or Microsoft account.
Let’s check out its version number. It’s version 184.108.40.206.
This alpha release only provide 64 bit support. 32 bit Ubuntu users can check out this tutorial to install the old Skype Linux version.
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