In Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Canonical put a skype package in their "partner" repository.
- Enable the backports repository using the 'Software Sources' utility found under 'System>Administration>Software Sources'
- Reload the sources when "Software Sources" prompts you to or run an apt-get update.
- Install Skype
sudo apt-get install skype
Unfortunately Skype deosn't play too well with dark themes so menu items don't show up until mouse rollover. Its an easy fix however.
Log into Skype. Go to Skype Options. In the 'General' tab under 'Chose style' select the 'Desktop settings' option from the drop down menu.
Ubuntu 8.10 and later versions
Skype has provided a .deb package for 8.10 that has both 32 and 64bit versions and has been tested on 8.10-9.10.
- Download the .deb package from here
- Double click on the .deb file to open it with GDebi.
- Click 'Install Package' which will install skype and any of its dependencies.
As of Skype version 188.8.131.52 there is no longer a package compatible with Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. If you want to use Skype you should consider updating to a newer version of ubuntu (dont just --force-all when installing skype because it won't work).