FIX : Skype for Ubuntu crashes

If you’re experiencing issues with Skype while using Ubuntu here is a quick fix.
1. It is best to remove your previous installation.
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge skype

2. Do an overall update of Ubuntu

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

3. Update libsound plugins

sudo apt-get install libasound2-plugins:i386

4. Download the latest version of Skype

Start Skype and it should work fine


If you are experiencing issues where Skype doesn’t run when you click on it, there may be an instance of skype running in the background run the following command to kill all Skype processes.

killall skype -s 9

Adding arguments “-s 9″ the killall command changes the signal type to SIGKILL instead of SIGTERM. Skype does not do anything about the SIGTERM signal, and that is why the process stays alive.

Hopefully this post will help you resolve any issues you have with running skype on ubuntu. If you’re still experiencing problems feel free to contact us we’ll try to help.

Gary Woodfine

Technical Director at Denizon
Gary is Technical Director at Denizon, an independent software vendor specialising in IoT, Field Service and associated managed services,enabling customers to be efficient, productive, secure and scalable in a way which helps them address and reduce their ecological impact.

Denizon's product line successfully integrate IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technology to enable efficient, productive, secure and scalable solutions to help organisations address increasing energy demands, ecological impact and Health & Safety concerns of their staff.

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