If you have installed Ubuntu 11.10 (latest version : beta 1, final is coming on Oct 13th) then first you would need to install some basic applications ( Recommended post – top things to do after installing ubuntu 11.10) to begin, e.g a VoIP software – that can be used to make free calls (audio/video) over the internet. Google talk or gtalk is one of such applications but it’s not available for Ubuntu or Linux distros.
For text/voice chat there is another good program – skype, although Ubuntu 11.10 has one such program (installed by default) – Empathy which can be used for text chat, video calls, audio calls etc but skype is probably better than that. Besides text chat or audio/video calls over the web, skype can also make calls to phone/mobile at some rates and one of the most cool feature is audio/video conferencing. Other great features include – screen sharing, file sharing etc.
Skype is based on peer to peer protocol and hence it provides better quality as compared to other chat client. That’s why skype is the most popular chat application. In Ubuntu 11.10 (oneiric ocelot) skype has been added in official package repository – so you can install it in a couple of click, right from the Ubuntu Software Center.
Installing Skype on Ubuntu 11.10 – oneiric ocelot
Open Ubuntu Software Center and search for ‘skype’ , then click on install and authenticate yourself (enter your ubuntu login password) to begin download/installation process.
Or Install skype from Terminal
sudo apt-get install skype
Skype is a freeware (limited) Application that is used in Instant messaging, voice calls (VoIP,Voice over Internet Protocol) and video conferencing. You can also call to mobile or landline telephones with some charges (Debit type). Skype (originally called as : sky peer-to-peer) is one of the most popular apps for video calling.
Skype is different from other VoIP software, due to its architecture, other VoIP software are based on client server system (e.g Google Talk) while Skype uses peer to peer system (probably that’s the reason why Skype consumes a lot of bandwidth in comparison to other VoIP application). On Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), empathy is installed by default, but it’s video/audio quality is very poor, skype is better than that. This article will explain you – how to install skype (Latest beta version : 2.2) on a freshly installed Ubuntu 11.04. Since Skype is a proprietary application, you can’t find it in Ubuntu Software center or Synaptic Package Manager, so it can be installed after downloading the package (Debian Package, with extension .deb).
Features of Skype
- Instant Messaging
- Audio/Video Calling
- Video Conferencing
- File Transfer
- Screen/Desktop Sharing
- Facebook News Feed
- call transfer
- group calling
Installing Skype On Ubuntu 11.04
#1 : Download the *.deb file (select latest version of Ubuntu and your computer architecture) from it’s official website –
download Skype for Ubuntu or 32bit || 64bit
#2 : Install skype – either by ‘Right Click -> Open with Ubuntu Software Center ->Install’ method or from command line using dpkg, Type the following command(s), followed by your user account password (Here I assume your computer architecture is 32 bit, if you have other package, then just change the command according to that):
sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu_188.8.131.52-1_i386.deb
#3 : Wait, until the installation is complete. That’s all..access it from Main Menu (Top Left) or pinch it to the letf icon panel (as a launcher), if you use it frequently.
gtalk or Google Talk is an instant messaging and VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) application (Client Apps), developed/maintained by Google Inc. it’s free to use and available only for Windows (Xp, Vista or 7). gtalk uses XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) , an open standard communication protocol based on XML (Extensible Markup Language).
Features of gtalk at a Glance
- Instant Text Chat
- Instant Voice Chat(Audio/Video)
- Encrypted data transfer between the client and server
- Offline Messaging
but Gtalk is available only for Windows (Although Google had a plan to make it available for all platform, but..), so on Ubuntu there is another equivalent apps Gnome Talk(gtalk) that you can use, or You can also install gtalk(Google talk) on ubuntu 11.04 using Wine.
Empathy – Instant Messaging Client : Equivalent to gtalk
Empathy is a free and open source instant messaging client Apps for Ubuntu 11.04. it has almost all features, as you can find in gtalk. Empathy supports for ‘Google talk’, yahoo, AIM, MSN, Facebook and many instant messaging protocols. it’s installed by default, on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal). So in order to start chatting just open it and enter the account details (protocol, username and password). That’s all, now you are ready chat (Text/Audio/Video) with gMail or Facebook friends.
Ubuntu 10.10 ..(Maverick Meerkat) is one of the popular operating system among desktop users.Although Ubuntu has lot of useful applications that comes by default but still some common applications are not installed.Skype,the popular VoIP software is one of them.You can install skype on Ubuntu either from the Synaptic Package Manager or by opening it with Ubuntu Software Center after the manual download from it’s official website.
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Google Talk or in short gtalk is an instant messaging and voice chat application developed by Google.Officially it’s available for windows or Mac-OS X only but you can use web based gtalk from your gmail by installing a simple plugin in Mozilla Firefox.If you want desktop based application then there are two ways :
#1 : Install Google Talk Prism in Ubuntu 10.10
Open Synaptic Package Manager and search for ‘google talk’ or ‘gtalk prism’ or ‘google talk prism’ and select the required package and don’t forget to click on yes if it prompt for additional dependencies(after checking the box).Then click on Apply button to installation the selected packages.It will hardly take a couple of minutes.That’s all ..your prism web application for gtalk is ready to use;open it from Applications –> Internet –>Google Talk Prism and enter your account details to begin.
#2 : Installing Google Talk using Wine
First Install Wine and then open the google talk executable(*.exe) with Wine Windows Program Loader to install gtalk in Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat).Rest of the steps are similar to above.