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instantbird-setup in ubuntu

how to install Instantbird on ubuntu 11.04/10.10

Instantbird, the next generation Instant Messenger application, is now available to download and use. Instantbird has a lot of new exciting features, and so you must give it a try – anyway it’s free and open source! Instantbird focuses on simplicity and efficiency of the user interface. Instantbird is highly customizable and extensible i.e it provides a lot of options which allow you to configure/customize the application as you want. e.g you can change the color of a particular buddy, just in a click.

All the common protocols e.g: Google Talk, ICQ, IRC, MSN, XMPP etc are supported with instantbird. It has a lot of cool and exciting features. Instantbird vs 1.0 has released today, with cool and amazing features that you wanted to have with a chat client. So chatting is more Fun! with Instantbird. The Application has been powered by Mozilla (because the code written by Mozilla community has been used in this IM project), while a small team of developers has developed this application.

This post has specifically written about installing Instantbird on Ubuntu 11.04(Natty Narwhal) or 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), but it should also work with other Linux based distributions such as Linux Mint, Debian, Fedora etc.

Installing Instantbird on Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04

#1 : Download Instantbird for Ubuntu, or go here for all download options (including other OS and languages)

#2 : Extract the archive and move on to that directory, either in Nautilus (or other File browser, whatever you use) or from terminal (CTRL+ALT+T).

#3 : Now, execute the ‘instantbird’ file, which is executable shell script, to begin the installation process (Right click and run in terminal or drag the executable file and drop it to terminal window or type the command(s)).

cd Downloads
tar -xf instantbird-1.0.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2
cd instantbird

instantbird-setup in ubuntu

#4 : Now, few window will open and you need to setup the chat accounts with Instantbird by providing the authentication details (usually the username and password, but in case of facebook you need to enter unique username not the email address).

instantbird-account-setupThen select the protocol or network and proceed.


Then enter your account details (e.g facebook username), you only need to fill the first input box in most of the cases. (leave rest of them as it is)


Now, enter password and continue ..


Finally… you can enjoy chatting with Fun!


#5 That’s All.

instant-bird for ubuntu 11.04

Instantbird for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10

What is Instantbird ?
Instantbird is a lightweight, fast, free and open source instant messaging Application i.e a IM chat client (similar to Google Talk or Yahoo Messenger), powered by Mozilla Community. Instantbird is a cross-platform application i.e it’s available for Mac,Windows as well as for Linux based operating system such as Ubuntu (11.04, 10.10, 10.04 or any older versions), Fedora, Linux Mint etc. Instantbird is very simple to use (probably due to elegant and efficient graphical user interface) and highly extensible, with a lot of cool and Innovative features.

Instantbird 1.0 is also available in languages other than English, so you might get it in your native language. it supports a variety of networks and protocols. The features of the Instantbird can be easily extended using a lot of plugins available. The version 1.0 has released today!

instant-bird for ubuntu 11.04

Supported Networks/Protocols by Instantbird

  • Google Talk
  • Facebook Chat
  • AOL Instant Messanger (AIM)
  • Yahoo Messanger
  • Windows Live Messanger
  • XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, formerly known as Jabber)instantbird-chat-in-ubuntu

New/Exciting Features in Instantbird

  • Change a friends color in a private conversation based on their name
  • Conversations can be easily customized
  • Get notification of certain words during the chat (as they were your nicknames)
  • Vertical and horizontal tabbing is supported so it’s easy to manage a lot of conversations
  • color the nick names in multiuser chat
  • Easy to reply, just double click on nick name
  • Tab completion of nick names and commands

Installing Instantbird on Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04… or other Linux based OS

it’s very simple – just follow the simple steps :

#1 : Download Instantbird for Linux based distro such as Ubuntu.

#2 : Then extract it (Right click and select Extract Here).

#3 : Now, launch the application by executing the ‘instantbird’ script. You can do that in many ways – e.g: double click and run in terminal or open a terminal, then drag that file to terminal and hit enter. That’s all.. Now enter you account details and continue to enjoy the next generation of Instant Messaging Software with a lot of Fun!

skype - ubuntu 10.04

skype for ubuntu 10.04

skype - ubuntu 10.04

On Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx LTS),Empathy IM Client is installed by default but if you are wondering whether the cross-platform voip application, Skype(a free voip software for making Internet call using voice over Internet protocol,audio call,video call and conference,instant messaging..) is available for Ubuntu 10.04 or not,then relax…It’s now available for Ubuntu or other Linux Distro.Skype 2.1 Beta 2 has just released for Ubuntu 10.04.Skype supports many flavors of Linux;In case of Ubuntu,it’s available for 32-bit ubuntu 10.04 as well as for 64-bit Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Actually it supports only few latest version of ubuntu,after 8.10).

Download Skype for Ubuntu 10.04

Install Skype on Ubuntu 10.04

Conclusion : Skype is a free-ware application not an open source!,if you want open source alternative to skype then install google talk or Empathy Client.

gtalk for windows 7

Google Talk for Ubuntu 10.04

gtalk for ubuntu
What is google talk(in short – gtalk)?

Google Talk is an instant messaging service(The Project is developed on Google Code) which is built on Open Protocols – XMPP,Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol(Old Name – Jabber),an open protocol based on XML; and Jingle(an extension to XMPP for initiating and maintaining peer to peer sessions).gtalk,a google instant messenger(With Extra features like voice calls over Internet using voip) is free and it’s source code is also available so that developers can build a clients that can be connected to the google talk service.

Gtalk for Ubuntu 9.10/10.04

Currently google talk has native support for windows-XP(or Later) and Mac OS X only i.e for Linux or Ubuntu google talk is not developed(Although it is guessed that for Linux gtalk is under development…).On the second thought,ubuntu 10.04 has already a Empathy IM(Instant Messenger) client but if you have used gtalk before on windows XP or 7 then you won’t want to forget gtalk.Although there are many other ways you can use google talk on your ubuntu 10.04.One of the simple ways is to install it through wine.

Update1!  A lot of people have complained that the method explained below that – it doesn’t work anymore (probably due to some dependencies compatibility or other issue) – so you are recommended to choose another alternative – like empathy (it may be installed by default in your Ubuntu distribution, so you just need to set up an account with it) or install skype for text/audio/video chatting. have Fun!

Install google talk(gtalk) on Ubuntu 10.04 – by using wine

#1. To install google talk,first you need to install wine on ubuntu 10.04.Skip this step if already you are using wine on ubuntu.

#2. Download the gtalk windows executable from the google’s website.
Download Google Talk

#3. Install Google Talk on Ubuntu by Right click-> Open with Wine Windows Program Loader.

#4. I hope Your work is done!

Conclusion : Running Windows application program on Ubuntu by using Wine might irritate sometimes..I think Google will release the gtalk for ubuntu(*.deb) soon…