If you have installed Ubuntu 11.10 (latest version : beta 1, final is coming on Oct 13th) then first you would need to install some basic applications ( Recommended post – top things to do after installing ubuntu 11.10) to begin, e.g a VoIP software – that can be used to make free calls (audio/video) over the internet. Google talk or gtalk is one of such applications but it’s not available for Ubuntu or Linux distros.
For text/voice chat there is another good program – skype, although Ubuntu 11.10 has one such program (installed by default) – Empathy which can be used for text chat, video calls, audio calls etc but skype is probably better than that. Besides text chat or audio/video calls over the web, skype can also make calls to phone/mobile at some rates and one of the most cool feature is audio/video conferencing. Other great features include – screen sharing, file sharing etc.
Skype is based on peer to peer protocol and hence it provides better quality as compared to other chat client. That’s why skype is the most popular chat application. In Ubuntu 11.10 (oneiric ocelot) skype has been added in official package repository – so you can install it in a couple of click, right from the Ubuntu Software Center.
Installing Skype on Ubuntu 11.10 – oneiric ocelot
Open Ubuntu Software Center and search for ‘skype’ , then click on install and authenticate yourself (enter your ubuntu login password) to begin download/installation process.
Or Install skype from Terminal
sudo apt-get install skype
Skype is a freeware (limited) Application that is used in Instant messaging, voice calls (VoIP,Voice over Internet Protocol) and video conferencing. You can also call to mobile or landline telephones with some charges (Debit type). Skype (originally called as : sky peer-to-peer) is one of the most popular apps for video calling.
Skype is different from other VoIP software, due to its architecture, other VoIP software are based on client server system (e.g Google Talk) while Skype uses peer to peer system (probably that’s the reason why Skype consumes a lot of bandwidth in comparison to other VoIP application). On Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), empathy is installed by default, but it’s video/audio quality is very poor, skype is better than that. This article will explain you – how to install skype (Latest beta version : 2.2) on a freshly installed Ubuntu 11.04. Since Skype is a proprietary application, you can’t find it in Ubuntu Software center or Synaptic Package Manager, so it can be installed after downloading the package (Debian Package, with extension .deb).
Features of Skype
- Instant Messaging
- Audio/Video Calling
- Video Conferencing
- File Transfer
- Screen/Desktop Sharing
- Facebook News Feed
- call transfer
- group calling
Installing Skype On Ubuntu 11.04
#1 : Download the *.deb file (select latest version of Ubuntu and your computer architecture) from it’s official website –
download Skype for Ubuntu or 32bit || 64bit
#2 : Install skype – either by ‘Right Click -> Open with Ubuntu Software Center ->Install’ method or from command line using dpkg, Type the following command(s), followed by your user account password (Here I assume your computer architecture is 32 bit, if you have other package, then just change the command according to that):
sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu_188.8.131.52-1_i386.deb
#3 : Wait, until the installation is complete. That’s all..access it from Main Menu (Top Left) or pinch it to the letf icon panel (as a launcher), if you use it frequently.
Ubuntu 10.10 ..(Maverick Meerkat) is one of the popular operating system among desktop users.Although Ubuntu has lot of useful applications that comes by default but still some common applications are not installed.Skype,the popular VoIP software is one of them.You can install skype on Ubuntu either from the Synaptic Package Manager or by opening it with Ubuntu Software Center after the manual download from it’s official website.
Features of Skype Continue reading
VOIP software uses voice over internet protocol and the voice signal is transmitted over the Internet or Packet Switched Network instead of PSTN(Public Switched Telephone Network).Voip software can be developed in many ways – i.e based on proprietary or open protocols.e.g IMS(IP Multimedia Subsystem),RTP(Real Time Protocol),SIP(Session Initiation Protocol)…and so on.Here is the two best and free voip software for internet calls on the windows platform.
VOIP Software for Windows 7
#1. Skype : It’s available free for instant messaging,voice calls(Audio and video calls),video conferencing(With Some limit),file sharing and other lot of features are available.For other features like calling PC to phone,is not free instead you need to buy skype credit by using Paypal.Some other features include HD video quality,Call Transfer,so on.Skype 4.2 version is available for windows.To install skype on windows 7,First download and then double click;follow the instruction on the screen and enjoy Skype!!
#2. Google Talk(Gtalk) : It’s a great application that uses XML and XMPP based protocol like jabber and very good for text message(with lot of fun) chat,voice calls,for sharing files with your friends…and so many fun with no cost at all.Download Gtalk and install to enjoy goggle Talk.
On Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx LTS),Empathy IM Client is installed by default but if you are wondering whether the cross-platform voip application, Skype(a free voip software for making Internet call using voice over Internet protocol,audio call,video call and conference,instant messaging..) is available for Ubuntu 10.04 or not,then relax…It’s now available for Ubuntu or other Linux Distro.Skype 2.1 Beta 2 has just released for Ubuntu 10.04.Skype supports many flavors of Linux;In case of Ubuntu,it’s available for 32-bit ubuntu 10.04 as well as for 64-bit Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Actually it supports only few latest version of ubuntu,after 8.10).
Download Skype for Ubuntu 10.04
Install Skype on Ubuntu 10.04
Conclusion : Skype is a free-ware application not an open source!,if you want open source alternative to skype then install google talk or Empathy Client.