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Skype in linux Mint 8 (Helena) broken – how to install (7,134 views)

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As of today, the links to the Skype installation files in linux Mint’s software manager are broken.

For users running the live CD version, installing all updates via the Update Manager that might fix the paths is not an option as they will run out of “disk space” before the updates are installed.

Right now the only option is to manually download and install Skype every time.

Here is what happens when running Linux Mint 8 (live CD), MD5: 06fc2f27f8352a2bac5516b86c020755.

Start Software Manager and select Skype:
Package Manager

The download of the selected and package and required dependencies starts:

The first error message tells you that some files could not be retrieved from the server:
Skype install error

No matter which option you choose, the next message is this:
Skype files not found

All you have to do is get the installation files manually from the skype.com website. Go to www.skype.com and click on their download link and select the Ubuntu 8.10+ 32-bit version or the 64-bit version:
Download Skype

Save it when asked:
Save file

Firefox’s download manager makes it easy to install the package — simply click on the downloaded file:
Firefox download manager

Most likely an error message will appear:
Package manager message

Simply close the message, and click on Install Package.

When the installation is finished, this message will appear:
Installation finished

Don’t get confused by the next message, simply close it:
Installation done

Skype should now be available in the list of applications:
Skype in applications

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Date posted: Thursday, March 25th, 2010 at 7:53 am (14 years, 4 months ago.)
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4 Responses to “Skype in linux Mint 8 (Helena) broken – how to install”

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  2. 2

    All well and good but said Beta version is a wretchedly glitch beast, she is. 🙁

    Logan on April 2nd, 2010 at 7:43 am
  3. 3

    Thank you!!!

    Malegria on April 20th, 2010 at 6:50 am
  4. 4

    Many thanks! Cannot upgrade to higher versions that Helena due hardware restrictions, so I needed this solution! Works fine!

    Peter on July 2nd, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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