When upgrading ubuntu 13.04 to ubuntu 13.10 (64 bit), the upgrade tool insisted on removing skype. I'm now trying to get skype reinstalled. When trying from the software center (as suggested by why doesn't Skype start?), I get a dependency problem: "This error could be caused by required additional software packages which are missing or not installable. Furthermore there could be a conflict between software packages which are not allowed to be installed at the same time."
So let's try apt-get as usual:
janr@guzumi:~$ sudo apt-get install skype Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable distribution that some required packages have not yet been created or been moved out of Incoming. The following information may help to resolve the situation: The following packages have unmet dependencies: skype : Depends: ia32-libs (>= 20080808) but it is not installable Depends: lib32asound2 (> 1.0.22) but it is not installable E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
It seems ia32-libs was removed from ubuntu. Installing with "apt-get install skype:i386" works, but then I get a segmentation fault.when starting skype. As my system is 64 bit, i removed skype:i386 again.
janr@guzumi:~$ sudo apt-get install ia32-libs Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Package ia32-libs is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source However the following packages replace it: lib32z1 lib32asound2 lib32ncurses5 lib32bz2-1.0 E: Package 'ia32-libs' has no installation candidate
I found another page (http://www.webupd8.org/2013/10/get-sound-working-in-skype-with-ubuntu.html) saying I should really try to use the skype from the ubuntu version, as it has a fix for the sound library which is not present in the version offered by skype itself. So I refrain for now from trying that.