When I had Ubuntu up and running I was quite anxious to play with the new OS and customize it with my favorite apps. Some apps I was able to install via Add/Remove Applications (Azureus, Amule, VLC) quite easily, other apps I had to understand how Synaptic worked and read through the Ubuntu wikis.
The first app I wanted to install was Skype and here I describe how I did it hoping it comes handy to other beginners like me.
Installing Skype through Repository:
- Go to: System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager
- From the Synaptic Pagake Manager window click Settings>Repositories.
- From the new window Software Sources select the Third Party tab and click Add.
- Paste the following into the APT Line field:
- Click Reload to refresh the repositories
- Search and Mark for installation the packet Skype, click on apply and keep going until the application is completely installed
- If all went right you will find Skype from the menu Applications>Internet
You will be asked for your system password, then a Synaptic Package Manager window will come up.
This window shows the so called repositories which control the installation process and get the application packets from the Internet into the OS.
deb http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/debian/ stable non-free
then click OK and OK again until you get back to the Synaptic Package Manager.