Skype 4.0 for Linux was just released, codenamed ‘Four Rooms for Improvement

Here’s the major changes announced in skype blogs:

  • We have a new Conversations View where users can easily track all of their chats in a unified window. Those users who prefer the old view can disable this in the Chat options;
  • We have a brand new Call View;
  • Call quality has never been better thanks to several investments we made in improving audio quality; and
  • We’ve worked on improving video call quality and have also extended support for more cameras.

other small improvements and fixes:

  • improved chat synchronization
  • new presence and emoticon icons
  • the ability to store and view phone numbers in a Skype contact’s profile
  • much lower chance Skype for Linux will crash or freeze
  • chat history loading is now much faster
  • support for two new languages: Czech (flag:cz) and Norwegian (flag:no)

Read the release note.

Install Skype 4.0 on Ubuntu 10.04 and higher:

The official skype download page provides .deb package for Ubuntu 10.04+. Just download appropriate one:


If you got the old skype 2.2 beta installed, remove it first (Ctrl+Alt+T to launch terminal):

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge skype
mv ~/.Skype ~/.Skype_bak

Then double click or use this command to install it:

sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu_*.deb
sudo apt-get -f install