Skype has been bugged for me in every install of Ubuntu I've had. And it's always the same bugs:

The icon still shows up in the taskbar when I'm watching fullscreen video. When I try to open Skype while Skype is already running, it tries to start a new instance, instead of accessing the process that already exists.

These seem like pretty ridiculous bugs. I figured they would be fixed quickly. But they haven't. And now that Microsoft owns Skype... Is there any hope that Skype is going to be fixed? Has Microsoft ever released any software that runs on Linux? I hear ASP won't even run on a Linux server...

Is tehre anything I can do to not let these bugs bug me?

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    You need to redirect your question to the company that runs the skype service and provides the skype software. Skype is not free software and uses no known standard protocol. It is a black box which no one on this site knows anything about. Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 1:14
  • OH yeah there are many annoying bugs... I am trying to figure out how to get Skype to work in my Unity. After closing it disappears !
    – Chan
    Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 1:58
  • @Duli-chan: To keep the Skype icon in the systray look at the link.
    – con-f-use
    Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 2:06
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    @Daniel you still have a lot of discussion stuff in your question. It's a worthy and interesting discussion, but it belongs at ubuntuforums.org, not here. Also, one question one answer works best..
    – djeikyb
    Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 3:35
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    You're asking a lot of questions in here. A lot of them are speculations that can't be answered objectively. If you have certain issues you're trying to seek solutions too I suggest you ask just those. djeikyb has already pointed you to some resources on this site which address some of your questions. Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 4:40

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There are existing questions and answers for your problems.

How can I remove the Skype panel icon?

Hows to set Skype shortcut for opening existing instance?

  • I didn't want to remove the icon, I just want it not to show up in fullscreen video, and stuff... And I guess the second is as good a workaround as I can hope to get.
    – Daniel
    Commented Aug 7, 2011 at 13:49

It is really quite simple. Stop using Skype.

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    A very good answer! :)
    – Alvar
    Commented Aug 9, 2011 at 16:17

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