There is a new version of skype out for Linux, version 4.0 which has interesting changelog entries:
* Much lower chance Skype for Linux will crash or freeze
* chat history loading is now much faster
* …several investments we made in improving audio quality … and improving video call quality
* …extended support for more cameras
* and more
Good enough for me! There is still no true 64 bit binary/package from Skype. The result is that their fake “64 bit” Skype needs an additional 100MB of i386 packages in order for it to run properly.
If you upgrade to Ubuntu 11.10 on a 64-bit platform and try to run skype then you will likely get this error:
skype: error while loading shared libraries: libXss.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
This is because libxss1 and a few other libraries have been removed from ia32-libs package.
You will need to enable multiarch and install the extra 32 bit libraries by hand: