Skype 4.2 for Linux: Unable to connect

If your Skype 4.2 for Linux is reporting an “Unable to connect” error since about the 28th of July 2014 or so… that’s because you need version 4.3. There isn’t much documentation around about this, so I’m writing this short post.

To replace it on Ubuntu 13.10 or 14.04:

  • download version 4.3 from the Skype website
  • sudo apt-get remove skype
  • sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-precise_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb (this filename may vary slightly)


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  1. Note: Your instructions work only in 32-bit Ubuntu 14.04LTS. On 64-bit Ubuntus, Skype 4.3 download referenced above has a long list of i386 dependencies, some of which I’ve been unable to satisfy yet.

    • Interesting… for me it worked straight away, but that is probably because I haf installed the previous version of the package

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