On 2014 Sept. 02, Microsoft was no longer permitting older versions of Skype to log in to the Skype service.
For Linux, this apparently meant that only the very newest version of the Skype client was still able to log into Skype. Unfortunately, as of mid-day the repositories for Linux Mint 13 were still not updated to provide that version of Skype.
So the below is what was needed – on a 64bit version of Linux Mint 13 Xfce – to get Skype download directly from skype.com installed and working.
Related: Skype on LTS Linux is Broken … why I would use Google Hangouts instead of Skype w/ Linux
To do a complete removal of a previous version of Skype requires using Terminal Commands. Below is what was used on the Linux Mint 13 Xfce system I was updating:
sudo apt-get remove skype skype-bin:i386 skype:i386
yfor Yes to removing the packages, etc..
rm -rf ~/.Skype
.Skypefolder in the user's Home Directory, then the above command should produce some error message that indicates there was nothing to delete.
Ubuntu 12.04 (multiarch)”
As of when these notes were written, the Install File from Skype was:
In the future, this file will have a newer version in the file name, but otherwise the name for the downloaded file should be similar
On a 64bit system, before the downloaded Skype .deb file can be installed, the necessary 32bit support libraries must be installed.
ia32-libs-multiarch← Search for “ia32”
sni-qt:i386← Search for “sni-qt”
Now the downloaded Skype .deb file can be installed using gdebi