Installing Skype on Debian Wheezy 64bit

How to install Skype on your brand new Debian Wheezy 64bit

I’m migrating all my personal computers to Debian Wheezy (or Jessie in some cases). Personally i hate Skype but i have friends who don’t want to understand the importance of using open source software only, and for this reason i need Skype at least to school them to the open source life style.

Skype will come in what they claim being a multi  architecture package, but in the end it’s just a 32 bit package.

So if i want to install this program i have to enable the multiarch and i have to add the “i386” architecture to my system. The guide at the address is pretty useful in this sense.

So to enable the multiarch superpowers open up a terminal and type:

dpkg --add-architecture i386

Time to download skype:

You can install your new “multiarch” skype typing:

dpkg -i skype-debian_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb

At this point your package manager will complain about unsatisfied dependencies, which you will resolve with

apt-get -f install

Have nice chats with your friends!


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Author: Giuseppe Urso

Giuseppe lives in Haarlem now with his shiny dog, Filippa In 1982 received his first home computer, a Commodore 64, followed by Datasette and a 1541 Floppy Disk Drive. In 1999 he installed his first Linux distro (LRH6). In 2006 he switched to Debian as favourite OS. Giuseppe Urso actively sustains the Free Software Fundation and his founder Richard Mattew Stallman, he speaks to people trying to convince them to join the fight now, and about how important is to use Free Software only. He has a job as Infra Specialist at Hippo Enterprise Java Cms an Open Source Enterprise class Content Management System, one of the coolest company ever, in Amsterdam. He's always ready to install Debian on other people computers for free.

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