Install Skype 5.3 beta On Ubuntu / LinuxMint

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Skype recently released a new (beta) version 5.3 with bugfixes and improvements, Linux alpha users are requested to upgrade this version because alpha versions are going to be decommissioned.

skype a free cross-platform application that provides the user with a modern internet telephony and instant messaging and it is based on VOIP technology.

It is available for Windows, MacOS and Linux Operating systems.By using this application you can make free video and message to another skype contact as free.

What's New in Skype 5.3 beta

  • Use 'libsecret' instead of 'gnome-keyring' in order to store your credentials
  • Fetch large contact lists by page
  • Bugfixes and improvements

Installation steps:

Method 1 : Deb file

You can download the skype from the official site ,Once it is downloaded , install it by using the dpkg command
dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.deb

Method 2 : Using skype repo

Step 1 : Check and install the transport-https package
dpkg -s apt-transport-https > /dev/null || bash -c "sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https -y"
Step 2 : Install the GPG key
curl https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY | sudo apt-key add -
Step 3 : Add skype repo to your pc
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list
Step 4 : Update the repo
sudo apt-get update
Step 5 : Install skype 5.3
sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux
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