Clean install of 11.10. Tried Unity and really struggled and have switched to Gnome-shell. I have set up Skype as a startup application. It starts up properly, but not sure what to do without without keeping it fully open. If I close it, the application completely closes. In 10.10 I was able to close it, and it appeared in the top panel notification area.
I have installed the gnome-shell-classic-systray extension. Also SkypeNotificationExtension but these appear to do nothing.
If I close Skype, Skype will still run but there is no way to get to it interface wise. If I kill all instances, then restart Skype manually. It does appear in the panel properly.
I suppose this maybe a timing issue, but I don't know how to automatically delay Skype until everything else completes.