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Skype for Linux is a version of Skype peer-to-peer Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) software for computers running a Linux-based operating system. It gives Linux users the opportunity to make free phone calls via the Internet worldwide.

Skype for Linux has been successfully tested on many recent distributions, including, but not limited to: SuSE 10, Gentoo, Debian, Fedora Core 3-7, Sun Java Desktop System Release 2, Xandros, Mandriva, Ubuntu. It should run on all distributions that have the required versions of glibc and Qt libraries available.

It supports both the ALSA and OSS sound systems.

 Skye 4.3

Free to download

Dependent on distribution


Skype Limited


System Requirements
1GHz processor or faster
256 MB RAM
100 MB free disk space on your hard drive
Microphone and speakers or headset
Internet connection (broadband is best, GPRS is not supported for voice calls, and results may vary on a satellite connection)

Qt 4.7
D-Bus 1.0.0
libsigc++ 2.0.2
libasound2 1.0.18
PulseAudio 1.0 (optional)
BlueZ 4.0.0 (optional)

Skype Journal, Skype Blogs, Skype Forums

Selected Reviews:
Softpedia, Linux Magazine Pro, Free Software Magazine

Features include:

  • Basic chat and emoticons - when it's not convenient to call, chat or Instant Message (IM) your contacts
  • Group chat - for when it's easier to chat or Instant Message (IM) all your friends at once
  • Video calling - see who you are talking to at the same time as speaking to them
  • Conference calling - talk to more than one friend at a time
  • Call forwarding - forward skype calls to any phone when you are not online
  • Profile settings - change how you appear to the world and let people know a bit about you
  • File transfer - send unlimited size photos or documents to your contacts
  • Send Money - Send money to your Skype contacts using PayPal
  • Video snapshot - Update your profile picture with photos of yourself
  • Quote a message in chat
  • Screen sharing support
  • Localisted time formats

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