Run multiple instances of skype 4.0 on ubuntu
Prior to version 4.0 multiple instances of skype could be started just by clicking the same Skype icon again and again.
But in version 4.0 the steps are a bit different.
1. Install skype.
2. Skype stores its data in the directory $HOME/.Skype or ~/.Skype .
So create 2 copies of this directory and name them as ~/.Skype.first and ~/.Skype.second
3. Launch skype as :
$ skype --dbpath=~/.Skype.first $ skype --dbpath=~/.Skype.second
This will launch 2 instances of skype with the corresponding data directories. Use the same commands to create launchers on the desktop.