How to install Skype 8 on Ubuntu 32?

Asked by Tommy Pollák on 2017-11-29

These days end of November 2017 my Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu 17.10 i386 stopped working as announced by Microsoft.

Trying to install the latest available version from Microsoft downloads a 64 bit (AMD) archive.

However the installer opens but shows a size of 0 bytes and clicking 'Install' does not do anything.

Is there no 386 version or can the AMD version be twisted? (Or is Skype through the web the only solution?)

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Skype only supports 64bit Ubuntu. Is your CPU not 64bit?

What is the output of:

cat /proc/cpuinfo; lsb_release -a; uname -a

Thanks

Tommy Pollák (tpollak) said : #2

~$ cat /proc/cpuinfo; lsb_release -a; uname -a
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 42
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2540M CPU @ 2.60GHz
stepping : 7
microcode : 0x1a
cpu MHz : 2594.285
cache size : 3072 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 4
core id : 0
cpu cores : 2
apicid : 0
initial apicid : 0
fdiv_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 13
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc cpuid aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx lahf_lm epb tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid xsaveopt dtherm ida arat pln pts
bugs :
bogomips : 5188.57
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor : 1
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 42
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2540M CPU @ 2.60GHz
stepping : 7
microcode : 0x1a
cpu MHz : 2594.285
cache size : 3072 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 4
core id : 0
cpu cores : 2
apicid : 1
initial apicid : 1
fdiv_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 13
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc cpuid aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx lahf_lm epb tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid xsaveopt dtherm ida arat pln pts
bugs :
bogomips : 5188.57
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor : 2
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 42
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2540M CPU @ 2.60GHz
stepping : 7
microcode : 0x1a
cpu MHz : 2594.285
cache size : 3072 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 4
core id : 1
cpu cores : 2
apicid : 2
initial apicid : 2
fdiv_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 13
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc cpuid aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx lahf_lm epb tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid xsaveopt dtherm ida arat pln pts
bugs :
bogomips : 5188.57
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor : 3
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 42
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2540M CPU @ 2.60GHz
stepping : 7
microcode : 0x1a
cpu MHz : 2594.285
cache size : 3072 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 4
core id : 1
cpu cores : 2
apicid : 3
initial apicid : 3
fdiv_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 13
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts xtopology nonstop_tsc cpuid aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx lahf_lm epb tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid xsaveopt dtherm ida arat pln pts
bugs :
bogomips : 5188.57
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 17.10
Release: 17.10
Codename: artful
Linux tpollak-XPS 4.13.0-17-generic #20-Ubuntu SMP Mon Nov 6 10:03:21 UTC 2017 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux
~$

You have a 64bit CPU. Why did you install the 32bit OS?

Tommy Pollák (tpollak) said : #4

It was a long time ago and I do not remember exactly why. Perhaps because I had started with Ubuntu on a previous machine Dell Inspiron 8600 in 2009.

Interesting challenge: How to change from 32 to 64 bit without loosing any data (info)? All software can of course be reinstalled.

You'll need a full reinstall. You can restore your user data from your backups

Tommy Pollák (tpollak) said : #6

This will be interesting with the spread of user data Thunderbird does. Also my system is a dual boot system (Windows 10). As I remember I had to install Ubuntu first and Windows then but I probably remember wrong ...

@Tommy: I disagree. I believe you only need to install Ubuntu (64-bit), overwriting the old Ubuntu install. No need to touch the Windows partition. I always install Windows first, then Ubuntu.

Tommy Pollák (tpollak) said : #8

You are certainly right. Thanks for the comment.

On 2017-11-30 16:32, Mark Rijckenberg wrote:
> Your question #661240 on skype in Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/skype/+question/661240
>
> Mark Rijckenberg posted a new comment:
> @Tommy: I disagree. I believe you only need to install Ubuntu (64-bit),
> overwriting the old Ubuntu install. No need to touch the Windows
> partition. I always install Windows first, then Ubuntu.
>

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