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Title: Installing Skype (SOLVED)
Post by: mcduling on May 07, 2014, 09:38:09 pm
I am helping my octogenarian father get to grips with Peppermint 4 instead on Windows XP, which he has removed. His desktop computer has a hard drive of 80GB. He has installed Peppermint 4 32 bit,  abiword and  Thunderbird, that's all. When he tried to install skype from their web page (choosing ubuntu 12.04 as the distro), the download went well but would not install because the system message said he didn't have enough space available. Can that be true?
Title: Re: Installing Skype
Post by: VinDSL on May 07, 2014, 09:43:24 pm
I highly doubt you're out of space.  I suppose it depends on how the HDD was prepped before the install.  Maybe P4 was installed in addition to XP. 

I run a full install of Peppermint on a 16GB USB stick, with the proggies you mentioned, and more, with room to spare.   

Might give this a look-see, for installation tips n' tricks:,234.0.html
Title: Re: Installing Skype
Post by: mac on May 07, 2014, 10:28:33 pm
Hey, cheers to your Father for giving it a go.
As VinDSL said, it's doubtful that you're out of space unless something really weird is happening.  But, nonetheless, open your terminal and type
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Then run...
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sudo blkid
post the results of both commands

As for Skype, install from the repositories.
Open Synaptic and choose Settings > Repositories (will take a moment to open)
Choose the "Other Software" tab and tick Canonical Partners and click on Close (lower right)
Click "Reload" in Synaptic
After it's finished reloading, search for Skype and you'll find skype 

Title: Re: Installing Skype
Post by: mcduling on May 10, 2014, 05:58:30 am
Hi, Seems like my Dad has Peppermint as well as ubunutu installed on his computer. To delete ubuntu,, is it just a matter of sudo apt-get remove ubuntu?
Title: Re: Installing Skype
Post by: mcduling on May 10, 2014, 06:50:21 am
Here is the output to those two commands you wanted:
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb6       2,2G  2,2G     0 100% /
none            4,0K     0  4,0K   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
udev            494M  8,0K  494M   1% /dev
tmpfs           101M  776K  100M   1% /run
none            5,0M  4,0K  5,0M   1% /run/lock
none            502M     0  502M   0% /run/shm
none            100M   16K  100M   1% /run/user
overflow        1,0M   92K  932K   9% /tmp
leo@leo-desktop ~ $ sudo blkid
[sudo] password for leo:
/dev/sda1: UUID="65c04ff7-3cf8-4d5a-9cb5-a38adfe4fd69" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sda5: UUID="b9ecbb9a-6728-484f-87f2-2f3b86473d7b" TYPE="swap"
/dev/sdb1: LABEL="Backup" UUID="B0EC7368EC73282C" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sdb5: UUID="36d3be1c-515f-4208-a6d8-96c9b13d0c98" TYPE="swap"
/dev/sdb6: UUID="0e68c91a-425c-4f74-ba9d-9102d4923665" TYPE="ext4"
leo@leo-desktop ~ $
Title: Re: Installing Skype
Post by: AndyInMokum on May 10, 2014, 06:53:26 am
Hi mcduling, how's it going?  No you don't remove Ubuntu that way.  You need to remove and re-format/resize the partition Ubuntu is installed on.  This can be really easily done by using the utility, GParted.  This can be found at, menu>System Tools>GParted.   If you are not familiar with GParted, you should really get to know it.  I consider it an essential tool.  It is really easy to use.  This video is a good basic tutorial on how to use it.][color=blue (

There are many other tutorials on YouTube that may also help you out.  The thing to remember with GParted is, NONE of the changes you make take effect until you have clicked the, Apply All Operations button.  GParted is your friend.  I hope this helps.  Have a great weekend  ;)!!
Title: Re: Installing Skype
Post by: mac on May 10, 2014, 07:39:27 am
sdb6 (/) is full
/dev/sdb6  2,2G  2,2G   0 100% /

Like Andy said, you need to reformat and then install (Gparted is an excellent tool)
Alternatively, you can allow the installer to wipe the entire disk and install (the installer gives you options to choose). 

Do yourself a favor and create a separate /home partition.

Title: Re: Installing Skype
Post by: AndyInMokum on May 10, 2014, 08:36:32 am
If you are only going to have Peppermint OS as your operating system.  Do as mac says and allow the Peppermint installer do the heavy work for you.  Nuke and pave it!  The only problem with this is it doesn't make a separate /home partition.  This is not a problem but the majority of users will say a separate /home partition makes management simple.  I would make 3 partitions using GParted.

Once you have done this you can install Peppermint manually to your hard drive.  It is really easy to do.  It just looks intimidating the first time you do it.  After that, the "penny has dropped" and you will find it really easy to repeat. If you do want manually set your partition, (I recommend that you do this) and have any questions don't hesitate to ask.  Have a great one   ;)!!
Title: Re: Installing Skype
Post by: mcduling on May 10, 2014, 07:02:45 pm
Thanks guys, this is most helpful. I know my Dad has twice reinstalled from the CD choosing the option to overwrite with Peppermint, so it's a mystery why there are six partitions. Seems like the best option is to use Gparted and remove sdb6 and 5, then resize the rest and see how that goes. I'm just not sure if Peppermint is on partition 6 or not. Perhaps the best approach is to resize to three partitions (root, swap and home) and see if that works with the existing Peppermint OS. If not, then a re-install using the CD.
Title: Re: Installing Skype
Post by: mac on May 10, 2014, 07:10:28 pm
You'll need to do this from a LiveCD as the partition(s) cannot be mounted.  I would use Gparted to delete all partitions and then create new partitions as Andy described.  Then, choose the "Something Else" option when installing.  It's pretty much intuitive from there. 

Of course, move any data you want to keep to flash drive, etc., before you begin.

Note the upper right corner of Gparted and choose the HDD to which you want to wipe / install (sda or sdb)