Installing Skype for Linux on the Dell Mini 9

If you have tried installing the .deb package for Ubuntu from Skype you already know that you can’t because of errors relating to improper or wrong architecture. That is being caused by the way that Ubuntu sees the Intel Atom CPU. This is because Mini’s configuration is set to lpia not i386.

You can force the install from the command line. I have, and so far it is working great, including the built-in web cam. Download the current .deb from Skype and save it in your home directory. Open up a terminal window and run the following command: sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture skype-debian_2.0.0.72-1_i386.deb

*Please note that you must use two hyphens / dashes for the FORCE switch to work, WordPress does not show the command properly.

Obviously, you will need to substitute the package name for the version you downloaded. After running the command, you should be Skyping in no time.