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skype for Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit

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Novel Adventurer

I have tried to install skype for linux and it will not install.  I have an active Skype account but when I upgraded to 12.10 Ubuntu 64 bit .. Skype will not install

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Reliable Adventurer

Have you tried using the version available from the medibuntu repository?  This is the one I am currently using.


For running 32B software on a 64B system you may find some usefull information at:


I use Kubuntu 12.10 on a 64B system and the installation gave no problems.  I hope you are successful.

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Casual Adventurer

whats the details of the medibunutu repository?

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Casual Adventurer

googled medibuntu and it seemed alot of code required to force it as a repository. Is it kosher? Is there an approved repository?

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Reliable Adventurer

Firstly, to install the medibuntu repository a guide based on using command line is at  This just involves copying the text and pasting it into your console program and it will insert medibuntu package ppa into your package manager.  The packages available from medibuntu are listed for each ubuntu distribution at


I was mistaken in thinking that Skype was only available from medibuntu.  So, if you don't want to have the other packages from medibuntu it is not necessary.  I always add the medibuntu ppa after each installation as I need the extra fonts and multimedia codecs.

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Novel Adventurer

Try this and it will fix your problem:

$ dpkg --add-architecture i386
$ sodu apt-get update
$ sodu apt-get -f install

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Casual Adventurer
the medibuntu link doesnt work
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Novel Tourist

Skype 64-bit install ubuntu 12.10 or 04



just install b synaptic or ubuntu software center

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Novel Tourist

Try this and it will fix your problem:

$ dpkg --add-architecture i386
$ sodu apt-get update
$ sodu apt-get -f install


Error in command - "Sodu" replace to "Sudo"

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Novel Tourist

This is common problem in 64 bits for installing ubuntu

First a downgrade is required and done with the following: create the 'preferences' file:

    sudo vi /etc/apt/preferences
and insert the following lines:

    Package: *       
    Pin: release a=precise*
    Pin-Priority: 2012

Pin-Priority must be greater than 1000.

Then you may downgrade the offending applications with:

    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    Then you may install packages that complained about dependencies, like
    sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-multiarch, or sudo apt-get install ia32-libs.

Finally, you should remove the file you just created:

    sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences

Now download Skype From Official website( ) for multi architecture

then open the downloded package from software center then you should able to install skype

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