How to use Skype on 32 Bit Linux systems in 2019


Sad update: all forms of calls have been disabled by skype via the web version or any other version for 32 bit Linux systems. Texting still works. Please take note!

On the 21st of November 2017, Skype stopped supporting Linux 32 Bit systems when the moved over to the "new" electron version of Skype.

However, it is still possible to use Skype on 32 bit system, as electron app, as most of us know is a webpage, which we can find here, web.skype.com.

So as it is a web page a person can just open up a browser and go there and it will be working but the video calling is not working on Firefox, only on Chromium-based browsers.  Luckily Chromium Browser is still available for 32 bit systems, which you can either install with your software center or run the following command in your terminal.  sudo apt install chromium-browser

So, this is the first step, download Chromium and go to web.skype.com and you will be able to use the latest of Skype on your 32 Bit system.  This is all fantastic but a person still wants to access Skype as app in your menu, and it is quite easy to do with an app called ICE, created by the Peppermint OS team which basically created a desktop app out of any website with the browser of your choice.

In this blog I look at how to install ICE and how to use it, so please follow this as a guide.
https://www.linuxmadesimple.info/2019/01/how-to-make-electron-app-of-any-website.html

Please remember to use https://web.skype.com as the website, Chromium as the browser, after installing it on your system and then you can enjoy Skype as native as possible on your 32 bit system!

Instructions:
Install Chromium: - either via your software center or via terminal
sudo apt install chromium-browser

Install ICE (in your terminal)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peppermintos/p9-release
sudo apt install ice
sudo apt update
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:peppermintos/p9-release

Download Skype Icon and store it anywhere you like
wget https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c3/Microsoft_Skype_for_Business_logo.svg/2000px-Microsoft_Skype_for_Business_logo.svg.png

Open ICE and Create Electron APP
https://web.skype.com


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Comments

  1. a clear instruction set that I could follow - not really understanding whay, and all went well until the command
    sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:peppermintos/p9-release

    the machine responded "sudo: add-apt-repository-remove: command not found"

    have checked my keying against your instructions, and no error noted.

    Please help a beginner fix this defect.

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  2. Just wanted to point out, linux-chrome 32bit has been dropped, linux-chromium 32bit doesn't support microphone and camera anymore. guess we are catch22.

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