The latest version of Skype for Linux is just released. You can download it from here. Skype for Linux is available for a number of distros including Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, OpenSUSE, Debian Etch, Mepis, and Xandros. I downloaded and installed the version for Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (ver 7.04).
Although Gaim (a multiple platform messenger) is available in Ubuntu by default, there is a lack of important voice feature. The Ekiga Softphone is also available by default which can be used an Internet call tool. But well Skype is yet another thing specifically if you want to keep in touch with your friends who are normally using Skype.
Some people think that the look and feel of this new Linux version is much like Windows and Mac versions but I don’t agree. There is way long distance between Windows and Linux versions.
Some bugs are fixed in this Linux version and there is a new UI. Some new features such as call forwarding, birthday reminder, and new file transfer manager are added. But video support is still missing. Nevertheless, the new version is a most welcome addition to the Linux family of softwares.