Skype is perhaps the most popular client to make calls from your computer to any phone lines in the world. With SkypeIn subscription, you can even get an international phone number for everybody to call you, a completely neat way for your friend in overseas to call you with cheap rates. Although Skype is a proprietary software which uses a non-open protocol, some people would find it useful as it enables them to make international call with cheaper rate via SkypeOut.
Installing Skype on Ubuntu (or Debian)
This how to will show you how to install a Skype client in Ubuntu & Debian base operating system.
- First of all you need to start up Synaptic Package manager. Go to System->Synaptic Administration->Synaptic Package Manager,
- From Synaptic, go to Settings->Repositories. Click on Third Party Software Tab. Click Add, and put on this line :
deb http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/debian/ stable non-free
Click Add Sources.
- Click Close, and Click ‘Reload’ at the top of Synaptic. Now you can search for Skype, and install it from Synaptic.
Hope that will help you to install Skype on your Linux operating system. Alternatively, If you’re a fan of open source software and open standards, then you might want to look into Ekiga (formerly GnomeMeeting), cheerio!