Skype for Linux has just been updated to version 4.2 and this brief tutorial is going to show you how to install it or upgrade to the latest version in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail. As will many software releases, there are new features and bug fixes that usually come with them and Skype for Linux has few to offer.

Some of the features include opening account’s links with logged-in account, button to enable voice message, add Messenger pre-defined group when logged-in with your MSA account and the ability to view your subscription status from the main window.

Bug fixes include

  • Skype crashes on attempting to stop sharing selection being in a call on hold
  • A fix for disabling Birthday notifications that didn’t work
  • a fix to hide the screen sharing window when call is paused
  • A fix that prevent pollution of the clipboard with quoted text messages
  • A fix for the Call hold overlay icon that goes away

The complete changelog of this release can be viewed @

To install it in Ubuntu, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When opens, run the commands below to uninstall the current one if you have it installed. If not, then skip to the next command.

sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin


Next, use the link below to download a version for Ubuntu. Or visit the Download Page and save it to your desktop, then open and install it with Ubuntu Software Center.





Next, run the commands below to install it.

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


After installing it, go to Ubuntu Dash and launch it.




For Ubuntu 64-bit users, run the commands below if you experiencing any quality issues.

sudo apt-get install libasound2-plugins:i386


Skype missing from the tray or appindicator, run the commands below


sudo apt-get install sni-qt



sudo apt-get install sni-qt sni-qt:i386


Restart your computer and try again.