I would just like to know if anybody had the same problem as I did.
I am using Linux Mint 15 Olivia KDE edition, 64-bit, recently upgraded as of 26 AUG 2013 on an HP dm1-4304AU.
I would like to start by saying that I am extraordinarily pleased by how refined the distribution is. Not bleeding edge, but definitely well thought-out. Using it is such a time-saver.
One thing I noticed, however, was that when I installed Skype, directly from the Mint Software Manager, no calls could be made at all. The usual startup sound of Skype wasn't there. Every attempt at making a call was greeted with a non-specific error message regarding audio playback having a problem. I tried changing the settings of KMix and pulseaudio via pavucontrol without any luck.
In my resolve to fix the problem, I ran into this tutorial for installing the latest version of Skype on Ubuntu http://www.tecmint.com/skype-4-2-released-install-on-ubuntu-debian-linux-mint-and-fedora/ and noticed that it had special instructions for 64-bit versions.
I copy-pasted this
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sudo apt-get install libasound2-plugins:i386
into the terminal and just like that, Skype was working flawlessly.
I find it strange that libasound2-plugins:i386 was missed out from the Skype installation when it was necessary for the software to work. Even stranger that running
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sudo apt-get -f install
brings a message that there are no unsatisfied dependencies, even before installing libasound2-plugins:i386.
But still, I am very glad to use this distribution. It was a minor hiccough. Maybe even an isolated case?
Thank you for your time.
Anton Oliver Javier, MD