I do remember fiddling with skype on linux quite often, so it’s rather irritating how easy this is nowadays (using Debian Testing, since i recently wiped Kubuntu not having any advantage over Debian anymore).
On Debian Testing (or Wheezy when released), there’s multiarch support on amd64, so I’ll use that upgrade safe method here. The long howto can be found here. Hint: Multiarch will also be needed when mocking around with some games on linux, referenced in this blog too.
# dpkg --add-architecture i386 # apt-get update
# wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb # dpkg -i skype-install.deb
You’ll likely get a broken package from dpkg call, which dependencies will be resolved below, getting a bunch of new i386 packages.
# apt-get -f install