Skype 2.1 Beta 2 for Linux


I guess you have some friends or relatives that enjoy using Skype for free phone calls or instant messaging. How to keep in touch with them under Debian linux?

Skype is not a free software and you should preferably use Ekiga and help promoting this VOIP solution instead.  Skype is easy to install on Debian Lenny with the latest security updates and possible software upgrades. Visit the following link to download the latest version :
Skype 2.1 Beta 2 for Linux

Before installing the Debian package available here, make sure that the software requirements are met :

  • Qt 4.4.0
  • D-Bus 1.0.0
  • libasound2 1.0.18
  • PulseAudio 0.9.16 (optional)
  • BlueZ 4.0.0 (optional)

To install it :

root@localhost:~#dpkg -i /tmp/skype-debian_2.1.0.81-1_i386.deb

root@localhost:~#dpkg -p skype

Package: skype
Priority: extra
Section: non-free/net
Installed-Size: 25574
Maintainer: Skype Technologies <>
Architecture: i386
Depends: libasound2 (>> 1.0.16), libc6 (>= 2.7-1), libgcc1 (>= 1:4.3), libqt4-dbus (>= 4.4.3), libqt4-network (>= 4.4.3), libqtcore4 (>= 4.4.3), libqtgui4 (>= 4.4.3), libstdc++6 (>= 4.3), libx11-6, libxext6, libxss1, libxv1
Size: 20165950
Description: Skype
Skype is a little piece of software that lets you make free calls to anyone else on Skype,
anywhere in the world. And even though the calls are free, they are really excellent quality.
* Make free Skype-to-Skype calls to anyone else, anywhere in the world.
* Call phones and mobiles at pretty cheap rates per minute.
* Group chat with up to 100 people or conference call with up to nine others.
* Free to download.

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