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skype 4.0 linux

Skype 4.0 for Linux, codenamed "Four Rooms for Improvement" has been released today, bringing some features missing from the Linux client as well as some other improvements.

Most important changes in Skype 4.0 for Linux:
  • Unified chat window (this can be disabled from the Chat options)
  • New Call View
  • Better call / video quality and new supported cameras

skype 4.0 linux call view
New Skype 4.0 for Linux call view
    There are also some minor changes like new presence and emoticon icons, store and view phone numbers in a Skype contact's profile, improved chat synchronization, faster chat history loading and more.

    Download Skype 4.0 for Linux

    Note: if you get an error like below when trying to install Skype 4.0 in Ubuntu:
    Unpacking skype (from .../skype-ubuntu_4.0.0.7-1_i386.deb) ...
    dpkg: error processing Downloads/skype-ubuntu_4.0.0.7-1_i386.deb (--install):
    trying to overwrite '/etc/dbus-1/system.d/skype.conf', which is also in package skype-bin
    dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste was killed by signal (Broken pipe)

    run the following commands:
    sudo apt-get purge skype
    sudo apt-get purge skype-bin
    sudo apt-get autoremove

    and then try to install Skype again (thanks to PishPosh McGee for the fix!).