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.

Comments (26)

  1. Allen

    Method two worked the first time for me. I’ve been struggling with this issue for weeks.


  2. Robert

    im new to ubuntu and the second method was fast easy and worked just fine

    thank you

  3. Cannae

    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.


  4. NextGE

    Thanks Guys,

    I just tried second method, so far so good.

    Keep up good work!!!!

  5. eRiC

    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”?!?

  6. A

    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.

  7. Reinaldo

    A instalação funcionou perfeitamente, porém o áudio com pulseaudio não funcionou. A mensagem de erro é… “RtApiAlsa: underrun detected”

    Fortaleza – CE – Brasil

  8. Reinaldo

    Comigo a instalação funcionou perfeitamente, porém o áudio com o pulseaudio não funcionou. A mensagem de erro é… “RtApiAlsa: underrun detected”

    Fortaleza – Brasil

  9. Maurício

    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?

  10. Dipin Krishna

    Try installing the skype version 2.0 and and select “HD Intel (hw:0)” option in skype’s autio properties.

    If you have already installed Skype 2.1 from Medibuntu Repos, you will have to uninstall skype-common via synaptic, as well as skype, or else the Skype 2.0 package will not install via GDebi.

    Get the verion 2.0 from here

  11. Ramon

    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?

  12. Miodrag

    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

  13. Gerard

    I used the 1st method just because I wanted it a lil bit harder and it worked fine with me!

  14. Gabriela Motta

    second for me too… but i haven’t tried the first one. thank you

  15. we_wake

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

  16. Christopher

    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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