So it turns out that upgrading to the latest release of Ubuntu, Oneiric Ocelot (Ubuntu 11.10, 64Bit) the latest version of Skype dies a painful death. Specifically it comes up with this error if launched through the CLI:
error while loading shared libraries: libXss.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Trying to open Skype through the desktop environment just did nothing. The way I managed to get my beloved VOIP back and running was to run the following code in terminal:
sudo apt-get install libxss1:i386 libdbus-1-3:i386 libqt4-core:i386 libqt4-gui:i386
Double clicking the old skype icon and you should hopefully see Skype 18.104.22.168 (BETA) version launch as good as new! Hope it helps!
Updated November 27th 2011: It turns out that this article on the libXss error for Skype is one of my most popular via Google and Bing. I would greatly appreciate if people could drop a quick message below if its help, or if it didn’t solve the problem, that way I can modify or improve it to help further.
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