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Skype 4.1 has just been released for Linux systems which brings better compatibility for Unity and Gnome Shell. In this tutorial, we will help you install it under Ubuntu/Linux Mint. But first, let's see some new features and changes in this latest release:

Chat with your Windows Live Messenger friends on Skype  
Sign in using your Microsoft account without the need to create a new Skype account 
Better video quality for video chat, etc. 

Skype 4.1 Installation

To install Skype 4.1 in Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/Linux Mint 13, open the terminal and issue these commands for i386 platforms:

sudo apt-get install libxss1 
cd /tmp 
wget -c http://goo.gl/XaHpa -O skype-ubuntu-precise_4.1.0.20-1_i386.deb 
sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu*.deb


The 64-bit version of Skype 4.1 is currently not available, but will be added to the post as soon as it is available. Here is a trick that will help you install Skype 4.1 in the 64-bit version of Ubuntu/Linux Mint:

- Via the terminal install Skype 4.0 (64-bit) via the terminal with this command:

sudo apt-get install skype

- Now remove it with this command:

sudo apt-get remove skype

- Now force install the 32-bit version of Skype 4.1 in a 64-bit system with these commands:

cd /tmp 
wget -c http://goo.gl/XaHpa -O skype-ubuntu-precise_4.1.0.20-1_i386.deb 
sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture skype-ubuntu*.deb



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