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    Skype Installation Problems

    Hi guys. I'm new to Ubuntu and Linux. I installed version 12.04LTS on my Acer netbook with absolutely no problems. I have it runing alongside my soon-to-be-obsolete Windows XP. So, here's what i've done so far.

    I have gone to the Skype site and downloaded the recommended version. The download seems to go OK and I eventually was asked for my password which I typed in. The program seemed to be installing, but when it was complete (and the page said "installed") I was returned to the software center. I then closed the software center and firefox and looked on the launcher and there was no skype icon. I see that i did infact download the file because i can find it in the files and folders section of Ubuntu. I have tried re-installing it and then I re-downloaded it and tried again. Same results.

    I then did some reading here on the forum and found some posts by Ian-Weisser who suggested going to the "terminal" and entering this code:

    sudo apt-add-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner" and
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype

    After reading up a little on "Terminal" (kinda like the old DOS prompt in Windows) I entered the code and got the following error message:

    E: Malformed line 56 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list (dist parse)
    E: The list of sources could not be read.

    Basically, I wanted to use Linux to resurrect this old net book and use it pretty much just for Skype, so I really would like to get this working. Any help would be greatly be appreciated.

    -Dr. Bob

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    Re: Skype Installation Problems

    For what it is worth, I personally (and the rest of my family) prefer Google Hangouts to Skype. The video and audio are superior to Skype, and it's built right into Chrome (with the installation of a talk plugin). Don't listen to Microsoft with their usual tone-deaf "scroogled" FUD. Microsoft owns Skype, and I personally mistrust them more than I do mistrust Google.

    FWIW.

    I drink my Ubuntu black, no sugar.
    Ubuntu user 28819

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    Re: Skype Installation Problems

    rocker I agree with you. unfortunately a number friends use Skype so I'm stuck with that program. thanks for your comments.

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    Re: Skype Installation Problems

    E: Malformed line 56 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list (dist parse)
    Whats on line 56?

    Code:
    cat -n /etc/apt/sources.list

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    Re: Skype Installation Problems

    I guess I don't know what I'm doing. I typed ur code into terminal and here's what i get:

    bob@Muffin:~$ cat -n etc/apt/sources.list
    cat: etc/apt/sources.list: No such file or directory

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    Re: Skype Installation Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_Lade View Post
    I guess I don't know what I'm doing. I typed ur code into terminal and here's what i get:

    bob@Muffin:~$ cat -n etc/apt/sources.list
    cat: etc/apt/sources.list: No such file or directory
    You missed a slash. copy and paste

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    Re: Skype Installation Problems

    OK, Here's the list:

    43 deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security multiverse
    44 deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security multiverse
    45
    46 ## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
    47 ## 'partner' repository.
    48 ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
    49 ## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
    50 # deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner
    51 # deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner
    52
    53 ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party
    54 ## developers who want to ship their latest software.
    55 deb http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main
    56 deb http://archive.canonical.com/ partner
    57 deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ partner
    58 deb http://archive.canonical.com/ precise partner
    59 deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ precise partner
    60 deb-src http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main
    bob@Muffin:~$

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    Re: Skype Installation Problems

    Let's look at the end of your sources list, and figure out what's wrong. Can you post the output of -
    Code:
    tail /etc/apt/sources.list

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    Re: Skype Installation Problems

    Here's what I get:

    bob@Muffin:~$ tail /etc/apt/sources.list
    # deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner

    ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party
    ## developers who want to ship their latest software.
    deb http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main
    deb http://archive.canonical.com/ partner
    deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ partner
    deb http://archive.canonical.com/ precise partner
    deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ precise partner
    deb-src http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main
    bob@Muffin:~$

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    Re: Skype Installation Problems

    try to google skype ver 4.2.0.11 for unix and install that the latest download ver 4.2.0.13-1 did not work from the skype download page on my system(an old ibm think centre resurected with ubuntu)
    all ok apart from ocasionall sound breakup.
    good luck.

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