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If someone shares their desktop with me using Skype it works fine. If I share my Ubuntu 11.04 desktop with them it is not successful. I stop desktop sharing - then click on the Skype menu to share and on the second click it is successful. Could this be a problem with Compiz? Once desktop is shared it is responsive and fast. I have all the latest updates applied and use HP laptop with NVidia chip

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Well, that should be fairly easy to check. If you deactivate compiz and the problem goes away, then it's a problem with Skype and Compiz. If the problem does not go away, then it is just a problem with Skype.

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