Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Skype on Kubuntu 12.04 - 13.04 / 64 bit - ugly mouse theme

When you install skype (which is a 32bit software) on a 64 bit Kubuntu 12.04 system from the official Ubuntu repositories, you find out that when you focus the skype window, the mouse theme changes for a classic KDE mouse theme.

That might be fine if you're using that mouse theme system wide. However, if you're using the default nice-looking KDE Oxygen mouse theme, you most probably find the cursor style in focused skype utterly ugly.

To solve this, remove skype from the official Ubuntu repos ('sudo apt-get remove style', if you have it installed, of course), access the official skype website, and get a "64bit" skype version for your Kubuntu 12.04 from there - By the way, the version on the skype website is the most recent, and the one in the Ubuntu repos is not.

Install the downloaded binary file, and you're done - skype is going to use your default mouse theme. That's easiest way.


Since the above-described way no longer results in a successful resolution of the cursor theme problem at least for Kubuntu 13.04, so here is how to actually make Skype use the default on Kubuntu 64bit:

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

So what was the problem - Skype needs this dependency -  libxcursor. Its 64bit version comes preinstalled, but being a 32bit app, Skype needs a 32bit version of the dependency.
Why install the package ia32-libs (which pulls in quite much stuff) and not just libxcursor 32 bit -- because for Ubuntu the lib is packaged in a larger package - ia32-libs. So you'll have to install the whole package. Anyway, that will successfully resolve the issue with the skype cursor theme.

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