@Moody yeah on Android. but the thousands or millions of distros for laptops are not like that at all. they're very fragmented making it increasingly difficult to find the proper download. apparently, i done it wrong. i thought since i was running 12.04 LTS, that would be the proper *.deb for Skype. it produced an 'architecture not supported' and aborted. in Windows, it would successfully install. tell me, if you were some average joe, what would you think is easier? the only way i got Skype to work was by terminal hacking which took a half hour longer than it needed to be.
MikeDT had a similar problem with Chrome.
"If you treat your system like a kiln, don't be surprised when a brick comes out the other side."