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November 17, 2008

Good news for Google Talk users on Linux

Yesterday I asked my wife to chat with her mother using my new Ubuntu 8.10 and she happily accepted it. She quickly picked up pidgin and started chatting. But then she asked me, ” I want to speak to my mother, how can I go about?”. I told her that with pidgin you can only do text chat and voice chat facilities are not supported in pidgin. When she asked me, “Why don’t you just install Google Talk?”, I replied her, “Google Talk is not yet available for Linux”. She just went to her Windows XP notebook. Looks like I missed a major oppurtunity to convert my wife to Ubuntu.

I too love Google Talk and I miss it whenever I use Ubuntu. Most of my friends have google talk account but I was able to only chat with them by sending text messages from either Pidgin or Gmail. Though many Google products like Google Earth, Picasa are now available in Linux, Google Talk is not yet there and many Linux users like me need it very badly.

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  1. I’ve install Empathy however it’s asking for installing a back end protocol to enable adding accounts

    any suggestions?

    Comment by budi — November 25, 2008 @ 1:43 am | Reply

    • Install sudo apt-get install telepathy-gabble
      n enjoy empathy

      Comment by rakesh — May 4, 2009 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  2. Empathy, like pidgin uses jabber/xmpp protocols. I suppose that might be missing in your case. Do you have pidgin in your system? Check whether you have the packages “telepathy-gabble”, “telepathy-salut”.

    Comment by James — November 25, 2008 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

  3. I want to know whether empathy works with proxy!! we have a ntlm proxy with authentication using username password ……….Last time i tried, it ddnt work

    Comment by Gireesh — November 27, 2008 @ 2:58 am | Reply

  4. finally! voice in ubuntu 😀

    Comment by Anas Imtiaz — November 29, 2008 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  5. Will “Empathy” also support file transfer like the way GTalk does?

    Comment by Prasanna — November 30, 2008 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  6. Sounds great. now if only I could get a microphone and video camera working I’d be able to use this!
    Oy Veh!

    Testing a microphone crashed the Sound Preferences program on my Ubuntu 8.10 Dell Precision M90 😦

    Comment by Charlottesville — December 2, 2008 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  7. i have installed empathy. however, it is not showing any of my gmail contacts. what to do??

    Comment by vishwa — December 28, 2008 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  8. Thanks 🙂

    I wish there was support for FTP as well. I wonder if it is really that complicated, Im guessing just some calls to sftp by the app. Makes a good summer of code project (and you get paid).

    Comment by Mayur — January 5, 2009 @ 12:25 am | Reply

  9. @ Gireesh
    i asked the empathy devs the same question in their irc and was told not all protocols for empathy supports proxy. am nor sure google works with proxy. but yahoo certainly doesnt.

    Comment by Bigbrovar — January 11, 2009 @ 5:08 am | Reply

  10. Try Gizmo5 it works great for me.

    Comment by mxf — February 5, 2009 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  11. vishwa, this will probably be taken as an insult but did you make sure your status was set to Available, Busy, Away or Hidden?

    Comment by Joe — February 15, 2009 @ 6:43 am | Reply

  12. Did u try on 64 bit ubuntu? Last time when I tried with 8.04 64 bit I could not make empathy work.

    Comment by Allahbaksh Mohammedali Asadullah — February 18, 2009 @ 4:22 am | Reply

  13. user@dell~> uname -m
    user@dell~> lsb_release -a
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Ubuntu
    Description: Ubuntu 8.10
    Release: 8.10
    Codename: intrepid

    Comment by Joe — February 18, 2009 @ 5:20 am | Reply

  14. thanks a lot. I did not know about this and works perfectly on my Dell Vostro 1400.

    Comment by curdriceaurora — February 21, 2009 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  15. I was close to installing empathy, when I saw that it was going to be 27MB+. That’s a lot of storage space for one small app, especially on my small netbook. I think I’ll look elsewhere.

    Comment by RSG — March 4, 2009 @ 5:24 am | Reply

  16. for those whom had problem with proxy.. i recommend using proxychains.. it might work though.. 🙂
    good luck

    Comment by mint — March 23, 2009 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  17. Network Error Occured during google talk and msn on Empathy How can solve this problem please give me an idea please any one????????????????

    Comment by shijith — March 30, 2009 @ 11:28 pm | Reply

  18. Good, it helped me..!!

    Comment by Prasad — May 6, 2009 @ 5:03 am | Reply

  19. Some how voice is not working for me, pidgin is working cool and even skype is working
    I am using Ubuntu 8.10

    Comment by Prasad — May 6, 2009 @ 5:27 am | Reply

  20. It works for a few second, the other person using windows can hear me, but I cant hear them. And eventually the system crashed.

    Comment by Abbas — May 18, 2009 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

    • Same here. Work for a few seconds.

      Comment by xs400 — June 6, 2009 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  21. Did you fail to use “gtalk in ubuntu” …Now you can chat and talk to your gmail buddies in ubuntu….. See this post for chatting and talking to your gmail friends….http://linuxandmicrocontrollertips.blogspot.com/2009/06/gtalx-gtalk-google-talk-in-ubuntu.html

    Comment by Dipin Krishna — June 11, 2009 @ 10:37 am | Reply

  22. Did you fail to use “gtalk in ubuntu” …Now you can chat and talk to your gmail buddies in ubuntu….. See this post for chatting and talking to your gmail friends….http://linuxandmicrocontrollertips.blogspot.com/2009/06/gtalx-gtalk-google-talk-in-ubuntu.html

    Comment by Dipin Krishna — June 11, 2009 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  23. Thanks Man!!

    I am installing it right away!!

    Comment by Jnanesh — July 20, 2009 @ 1:19 am | Reply

  24. Now with ubuntu 9.10 you can do voice chat with Pidgin.

    Comment by Kumar — January 3, 2010 @ 11:44 pm | Reply

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