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Are there any free applications for audio chat for Google accounts in ubuntu ?

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Take a look at Empathy, it's a multi-protocol instant messaging app that, unlike Pidgin, does support Google Talk voice chat.

It's available in the Ubuntu repositories. You'll also need to install a backend for empathy in order to use gtalk. Install both with:

sudo apt-get install empathy telepathy-gabble
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Lol that seems a lot easier ;-) – Ivo Flipse Jul 28 '09 at 8:26
Empathy will be the standard IM app in ubuntu 9.10. – Ludwig Weinzierl Jul 30 '09 at 10:42
I don't know why, it has as many features as a door. Only advantage is its multi-protocol support. – Decio Lira Aug 7 '09 at 23:13

There are some alternatives:

  • Google Talk --- NO
  • Google talk gadget --- YES
  • Adium --- NO
  • Pidgin --- YES
  • iChat --- NO
  • Kopete --- YES
  • Miranda --- NO
  • Psi --- Yes
  • Trillian Pro --- NO

Though here's someone reporting they got it working on Suse

Google Talk voice chat on SuSE

One of the things that I sometimes miss on Linux is the ability of voice chat. Skype is the only IM network that supports voice call to and from Linux machines. However, with recent release of libjingle by Google, it is now possible to call my friends using Google Talk from Linux. psi-jingle branch of psi has implemented the support of libjingle. I recently installed it on my desktop running SuSE 9.3 and it works great. Here is the procedure for installation.

  1. Get the sources either directly from the darcs repository

darcs get --partial --set-scripts-executable

  1. Install all required packages (use apt)

apt install speex-devel apt install qca-devel

  1. Compile ORTP from source because the version of package in repository was not compatible.

wget tar zxvf ortp-0.7.1.tar.gz; cd ortp-0.7.1 ./configure --prefix=/usr/ make && make install

  1. Install psi-jingle cd psi-jingle ./configure --enable-jingle --with-qca-inc=/usr/lib/qt3/include/ --with-qca-lib=/usr/lib/qt3/lib/
    --with-ortp-lib=/usr/lib/ --with-ortp-inc=/usr/include/
    --with-glib-inc=/opt/gnome/include/glib-2.0/ --with-glib-lib=/opt/gnome/lib/ --with-glibconfig-inc=/opt/gnome/lib/glib-2.0/include/ make

  2. Fire up psi and login to Google Talk network and start voice chatting.

It is important to note that psi-jingle is an under development code and there may be bugs (although it works fine for me). If there are problems, check artsd is not running and mic is functioning fine.

Note: these instructions will work only with 32-bit OS. While I was able to successfully compile it on amd64, the procedure was non-trivial and required me to edit many Makefiles and source files manually.

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Since version 2.6 Pidgin has audio and video support for gtalk. It's not in the ubuntu repos yet, but there should be debs somewhere.

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