Sometimes a second instance of skype is needed to work with two different accounts.
Here you can find steps to follow to launch a second instance on a generic Linux system and later to add the icon to the Launch Bar on the left side in Ubuntu.
First of all create a new folde rinto your home
Then “duplicate” the skype executable to make the new windows are correctly linked to the new instance:
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/skype /usr/bin/skype2nd
Now you can runa the second instance using the command:
If you have Ubuntu and want to create an icon in the Launch bar, follow these steps:
1. Create a new icon for skype (for example a green “S”), call it skype-personal.png (you can use another name but you will have to edit the next file) and save it into /usr/share/icons/hicolor/64×64/apps/ (root privileges are needed)
2. Create a new file call SkypePersonal.desktop into the folder /usr/share/applications (you should be root) with this content
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Terminal=false Icon=skype-personal Name=Skype 2nd Exec=skype2nd --dbpath=~/.personalSkype Name=Skype 2nd Icon=skype-personal
3. Open the folder /usr/share/applications in the File Manager and drag the new created file into the launch bar (usually on the left side of the scree)
Now you can launch the second instance by clicking the added icon.