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Ubuntu Linux download and install Skype Software

Q. How do I install skype software under Ubuntu / Debian Linux?

A. Skype is proprietary software that allows you to make calls over the Internet using your computer. Skype uses decentralized peer-to-peer technologies, so your calls do not go through a central server, but through distributed servers and other users. It uses its own proprietary communication protocol to achieve this. In addition, all communications are encrypted from end to end so that others cannot listen in. The Skype software is free to use, but it is not free software; the source code is proprietary and not available for modification.

How do I install skype software Repository?

Click on System > Administration > Software Sources
Ubuntu Linux download and install Skype Software

Click on Third Party Software Tab
Ubuntu Linux download and install Skype Software

Click on Add button to add skype Repository:
Type the following APT line:

deb http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/debian/ stable non-free

Ubuntu Linux download and install skype
Click on Add Source button > Click on Close > Reload button

How do I install skype software?

Open terminal and type the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install skype
Type y when you see following message:

Install these packages without verification [y/N]? y

You can now access skype from Application > Internet menu.

Adding Skype for Linux Repositories From Command Prompt

If you don't want to use above GUI method for Linux repositories, login as the root user. Add this line to the end of your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/debian/ stable non-free

Then run apt-get update to sync to the latest repository and install the latest version of Skype on your computer:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install skype

Linux laptop media player

Q. Can you suggest me a decent media player for my HP laptop? I’m using Fedora Core Linux.

A. Linux desktop offers lots of multimedia program for audio and video experience.

Beep Media Player

The Beep Media Player (BMP) is a free audio player, based on the XMMS multimedia player. I recommend beep media player for playing mp3. BMP looks like Winamp and even supports Winamp and XMMS skins. BMP supports most of the audio file formats.
=> BMP Home Page

VLC media player

Use VLC media player to play DVD/VCD and other formats. It is a highly portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various different formats.
=> VLC media player


There is also mplayer which can play and rip almost any multimedia cd format. In addition to its wide range of supported formats MPlayer can also save all streamed content to a file.
=> mplayer media player

You can download software / media player from above web sites or from Linux RPM software repository such as RPMForge