The world-renowned chat and video calling service for Linux
All Skype features available for Linux distributions
Free calls between Skype users
Apart from some minor security tweaks, no updates released for some time
Interface visually poor
Skype is the famous Microsoft messaging service, used by millions of users around the world to communicate via video calls and chat. With this version for the Linux environment, you can enjoy all of Skype’s great features. Sign in with your Skype account, create a new one with your Microsoft account, or use your Hotmail, Outlook or Gmail account.
Skype is currently available for Dynamic, Fedora and OpenSUSE (the last 2, only for the 32-bit version). It’s also available for Ubuntu for both the 32-bit version and Multiarch. For Debian, it is also available in Multiarch version.
With Skype you can talk with your friends, family or co-workers no matter where they are. You can use the conventional chat for instant messages, or make both voice and video calls. Call quality is usually great, but depends on your Internet connection.
Video and voice calls are free to other Skype users. You can also make calls to regular phones or send text messages at a very low cost; for this option, you’ll need to buy Skype credit.
Skype for Linux has almost all of the same configuration options as the version for Windows, and its interface is simple and intuitive. Among the many options are the ability to block callers, or permit only authorized callers to contact you, plus leave voice messages, share your computer screen with contacts, and send contacts to other users.