Friday, June 12, 2009

Use Empathy To Use Google Talk In Ubuntu

There is no official google talk version for linux which supports voice chat , also most of us have a lot of buddies in our google account , so not being able to talk to them from ubuntu can be a bit frustrating . So here's a small tutorial on how to get empathy to voice chat with your google talk buddies :

Step 1 : Go to Your Terminal and type sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

If you are using Ubuntu Jaunty , then add the following two lines

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/telepathy/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/telepathy/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main


NOTE : For any other version of ubuntu , just replace jaunty with the version name

Step 2 : Now save and close the file
Step 3 : Back in the terminal type sudo apt-get update and then type sudo apt-get install empathy telepathy-gabble telepathy-mission-control telepathy-stream-engine telepathy-butterfly python-msn
Step 4 : Now the installation is complete.
Step 5 : Now open Empathy by going to Applications->Internet->Empathy 
Step 6 : Now click on Edit->Accounts ( or press F4)
Step 7 : Now select Account Type as Google Talk and click on CREATE
 

 
Step 8 : Enter your Login ID and password and ensure that the other settings are as shown in the screenshot ( its usually the default settings)


 
Step 9 : Now CHECK the option next to your gtalk account where it says ENABLED
Step 10 : Now back to the main empathy screen , select AVAILABLE instead of OFFLINE
 

 
Step 11 : Now when this page pops up , click on Always Allow
 

 
Step 12 : Now you should be successfully logged in
Step 13 : ALl the users which have a mic symbol next to it means that you CAN call them ( as they have a mic and headphone with them )
 

 
Step 14 : To CALL , just right click on the person's name and click on CALL
Step 15 : You should now see a window like this and should be able to TALK to your google talk buddy


12 comments:

  1. Dear friend
    i tried to enter commands into terminal,and asked for password. when i typed my password, it doesnot appear on the screen at all. after pressing Enter, it says pasword is wrong. what is the reason? appreciate any help.

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  2. voice is working great... but video is not working. It says connection error at gmail video end (windows) What should I do to make the video work?

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  3. i cant login into the google talk or yahoo by empathy. what can i do

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  4. Its great to hear voice of friends in linux...thanx buddy...

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  5. showing conection error pls help

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  6. It doesn't seem to work for me at all. I have Ubuntu Karmic Kaola and Empathy 2.38.1 and all the above tweeks doesn't seem to work. The only hitch is with the outgoing voice. I receive incoming voice. It isn't any problem with the mic settings as Skype seems to work perfectly fine.

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  7. Thanks - I tried googles way first without luck

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  8. Thanks for the post.It is great to listen voice in ubuntu

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