Can't Install Skype on Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit

James Freer at
Fri Nov 21 07:15:48 UTC 2014

On Fri, 21 Nov 2014, Iwan Junaid wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:51 PM, James Freer < at>
> wrote:
> Just seen another ubuntu derivative distro's release notes on 64 bit
> skype.
> "In 64-bit, if you're experiencing issues with Skype, install the
> package 'ia32-libs'."
> hth
> james
> Hi james,
> trying to install ia32-libs i got this
> Package ia32-libs is not available, but is referred to by another package.
> This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
> is only available from another source
> However the following packages replace it:
>   lib32z1 lib32ncurses5 lib32bz2-1.0
> E: Package 'ia32-libs' has no installation candidate
> Yeah error and error again. :D

After I saw your post I installed Skype as I hadn't got round to it since 
upgrading to xubuntu 14.10. It seemed to work fine but it was 32 bit xubuntu..

I saw that post on Mint. I thought I'd try their Mint xcfe on my spare 
machine... the install failed.

Skype claim the download is dual arch... which it obviously isn't. Those 
packages are 32 bit so a 32 bit ubuntu install would seem to be a solution.


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