Skype for Linux 5.1 Beta Released [Linux Repository]

Skype for Linux

A new beta release, Skype for Linux 5.1, was announced a few hours ago.

There are many new features and improvements coming with Skype for Linux Beta 5.1. However, only following changes are mentioned in the announcement:

  • Updated to Electron 1.6.2
  • Improved installer scripts that register the Skype update repository for you
  • Many smaller improvements and bugfixes
Skype for Linux Beta

How to Install Skype 5.1 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

Skype website offers DEB packages for download at the link below:

Download Skype for Linux

You can also add the official Skype repository to install and receive updates via Software Updater utility, by following the steps below:

1. Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for “terminal” from the Dash. When it opens, run command:

Type in your password when it prompts and hit Enter. The command will check if the ‘apt-transport-https’ package is installed.

2. Run command to install the GPG key:

3. Add Skype repository to your system:

After adding the repository, you can install Skype for Linux either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running command:

And future updates will be available in Software Updater along with other system updates.

How to Uninstall:

To remove the Skype repository, go to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

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