Show less They've published it in the snap store which makes it easy to install on all currently supported releases of Ubuntu. Once installed, the Skype snap will be kept up to date by the Skype developers. The Skype website also offers download files for Ubuntu, but there aren't files available for the newest versions of Ubuntu.
When you install the latest version of Ubuntu or buy a new system with Ubuntu installed, you already have built-in support for common webcam activities such as video chat, security monitoring and video calls. Unfortunately, Ubuntu developers often don't have access to the low-level code available to Windows and OS X developers that allows them to make full use of all webcam features. For example, Ubuntu webcam apps like Cheese and Camorama can't zoom in or out. The VLC media player, however, is one media player that allows you to capture a video stream from your webcam and zoom in or zoom out of the picture as you please.
The Ubuntu desktop Linux operating system supports many webcams, but it's still recommended you verify the webcam you want to buy is compatible and works with Ubuntu's drivers. The operating system provides some native tools that can help you test your webcam and add extra features to it, but this may take additional steps compared to a Windows or Mac installation. The Ubuntu community provides a list of known supported Linux UVC devices see link in Resources , though it is not necessarily exhaustive. This gives you a quick way to test if the camera is working, but Cheese will allow you to test all of its features. Cheese will automatically detect your webcam and show you what the camera sees.