Fix Skype Not Working In Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail [For Users With Proprietary Nvidia Drivers]

Some Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail users are having issues with Skype not starting when using the proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers (it crashes / segfaults). So here’s a work-around you can use to get it to work until this is fixed in Ubuntu / Skype.Get Skype to work In Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail (with proprietary Nvidia graphis drivers)1. To get Skype to work in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail with proprietary Nvidia drivers, firstly we’ll rename the Skype executable from “skype” to “skype-bin”:sudo mv /usr/bin/skype /usr/bin/skype-bin2. Now let’s create a file called “skype” under /usr/bin/ – for this we’ll launch a text editor as root (I’ll use Gedit in the instructions below):gksu gksu gedit /usr/bin/skype(I’ve used “gksu” twice in the command above so Gedit doesn’t open a blank tab along with /usr/bin/skype)And in this file, paste the following:#!/bin/shexport LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1exec skype-binThen save the file.3. And finally, run the following command in a terminal:sudo chmod 0755 /usr/bin/skypeThat’s it. Now Skype should work in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail.If you want to revert the changes made by using the instructions above, use these commands:sudo rm /usr/bin/skypesudo mv /usr/bin/skype-bin /usr/bin/skypeNote: I didn’t test this on an Nvidia-only system but on my Optimus-based laptop. Initially, running “optirun skype”

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