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How to install Skype on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

The two methods  below doesn’t work now. Please see for a successfull installation of skype on ubuntu.

I have provided two methods. Please do comment which one is successful.

Follow these steps to install skype in ubuntu 9.10 (64 bit).

        First add:
            deb karmic free non-free
        to your source.list

Now open a terminal and type:

$ sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Then do an update:

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get –yes -q –allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring
$ sudo apt-get -q update

And finally install Skype.

$ sudo apt-get install skype

Ready … now start skype with

$ skype


Download the setup
32 -bit
64 -bit

Launch the Skype install .deb file (just double click it) and follow the on screen prompts.

(To start Skype  at system startup)
Go to “System -> Preferences -> Startup Application”, Click “Add” and enter the following details:

  • Name: Skype
  • Command: skype

Click “Save”
Next time you start your system Skype will auto-launch.

Enjoy using Skype in ubuntu.

26 thoughts on “How to install Skype on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala”

  1. Did the first one but sudo apt-get install skype failed to find skype.

    Then used the second method with a Debian bouble click and it installed on my i386.

    There was a missing dependency on second one until I did the first up to sudo apt-get install skype then the Debian double click worked perfect.


  2. 2nd method is just what I tried in the first place: goto skype download latest package, doubleclick: Fehler: Falsche Systemarchitektur »i386«
    Error: wrong system architechture »i386«

    what does that mean?

    And 1st method? I’m new to linux and ubuntu. But not afraid of code though. But what is my “source.list”?!?

  3. Hi , the 2nd works fine @ first shoot.

    (I did not try the first.)
    … even if we should work “Microsoft-different” and double click is always the same…

    The easiest the better. x32.KK9.10
    Thank you for your help.

  4. Nothing worked here. The first method broke when I tried

    #sudo apt-get –yes -q –allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring

    and the second says, after the launch, wrong architeture ‘i386’.

    Any one can help me?

  5. I installed Skype on Karmic, but it does not seem to detect any microphones. It detected my webcam and that is the microphone I use. Can anybody help please?

  6. both of methods did not work for me.
    in both case system write me a message that I don’t have some packets:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    Depends: ia32-libs (>= 1.6) but it is not going to be installed

    Depends: lib32asound2 (> 1.0.14) but it is not going to be installed

    Depends: lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1-21+ia32.libs.1.19) but it is not going to be installed

    Depends: lib32nss-mdns but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1-21) but it is not going to be installed

    Depends: libc6-i386 (>= 2.3.2) but it is not going to be installed

    E: Broken packages

  7. second procedure worked for me. the one downloading .deb package but not the commands in the terminal.

  8. Method 2 worked for me first time for installation. Thank you. I cannot seem to get Skype to run at startup though, but that’s probably down to me.

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