Thank you for telling me the 5.0 is only for Windows--I had received an email from Skype inviting me to download
their latest and I am thankful that I did not do that now. I thought that would fix the problem.
I really think I have messed up my Skype completely--asked my niece last night to go on Skype (she is Windows) to check things out and she could not even see that I was on and could not call me. Do you think I might be better off to get rid of the Skype I have on here now and then download a new one? Could you tell me how to do that--I know some about Windows but Linux is very
new for me.
I really appreciate your patience and all your help, I am a real novice at this.
We were all novices once.
Firstly, it is very important that you understand that PCLinuxOS (or any Linux distro) is NOT like Windows. You should not be downloading and installing any application/program from outside the repositories
(an extensive library of useful programs). PCLinuxOS provides for itself with the exceptional work of the developers and packagers. I assume that you have PCLinuxOS 2012.8 installed correctly and that you have fully updated by using the Synaptic Package Manager. If not, you should do so ASAP.
1) Open Synaptic (You most log-in with your root password). 2) Reload
to update the available programs ...wait for the update to finish 3) Mark Upgrade All Available
...you will be asked to Apply
the changes TWICE
Let it finish and you should be fully updated. You may get some comments, but usually nothing of concern.
To install programs/applications such as Skype; do a Search for skype
and you will get a listing like below. You will select and Mark for installation , and again be asked to Apply the changes TWICE. Allow the installation to finish.
Here you can see that I'm still using an older version of Skype...(it works, so I haven't found a need to upgrade).