Skype 2.2/4.2 “Server connect failed” on Linux

Starting the 1st of August 2014, users with Skype for Linux version 4.2 and older will not be able to sign in to Skype due to Microsoft retiring all old version and forcing users to update. How about those who don’t want to update? 

A lack of surprise here, Microsoft do not seem to give a damn. Force users to update with no freedom of choice. Typical Microsoft.

Some of us don’t want a different user interface, PulseAudio, bugs and anything a newer version tries to sell. Old version is great because it does the job:

  1. User interface isn’t ugly
  2. Screen sharing just works
  3. It supports ALSA
  4. Don’t fix stuff that isn’t broken!

How hard was it to send a notification saying that older version were going to stop functioning?

[UPDATE 2016]: tired of a buggy 32 bit official Skype client? Then Ghetto Skype is for you!

Install Skype 4.3 on Debian (Obsolete – use Ghetto Skype)

Skype is a 32-bit application and it uses ia32-libs under amd64 architecture. To install Skype 4.3 on Debian Wheezy (64-bit):

# dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update
# wget
# dpkg -i skype-debian_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb
# apt-get -f install

To launch a second instance of Skype 4.3:

$ mkdir ~/.Skype2
$ skype --dbpath=~/.Skype2 &

Or alternatively press Alt+F2 and type:

skype --secondary

Install Ghetto Skype on Debian

Get rid of Skype:

# dpkg -P skype

Get rid of multiarch:

# apt-get remove .*:i386
# dpkg --remove-architecture i386
# apt-get update

Install Ghetto Skype:

# wget
# dpkg -i ghetto-skype_1.4.1_amd64.deb