Google Talk - Instant messaging client for Linux

June 06, 2007
Roughly one year back, Google released its popular instant messaging application called Google talk which allows one to communicate with others, similar to the ever popular Yahoo Messenger. Initially Google talk client was available for Windows users only and people using other operating system such as Linux had to do with using the window which was embedded in their Gmail account. The problem was that to use Google talk, you had to log into your Gmail account.

Google has not yet released a native build of Google Talk for Linux. But what has changed is that it has now released a flash version of Google Talk which works in the same manner that an Instant messaging client is meant to work. The convenience for the Linux end user is that now in order to send text messaging using Google talk, one need not log into ones Gmail account but can directly access the Google talk interface as shown in the images below.

Fig: Google Talk web interface (Flash version)

Fig: Google talk - main view.

Fig: View once I have logged in.

11 comments:

  • Dagur

    You have always been able to use Jabber clients for google talk. But that flash client isn't bad.

  • Lunatic

    how about audio is that included?

  • Michiel

    interesting development. Although for Linux I think I still rather rely on native IM applications than some flash program. After all most multiIM/jabber programs support Google talk with out a problem.

  • Carlos

    What about using pidgin?

  • Anzan Hoshin

    There's a Firefox extension called Google Talk Sidebar which lets you run GTalk in, guess what, a sidebar in Firefox. It's what I use in Ubuntu.

  • Anzan Hoshin

    There's a Firefox extension called Google Talk Sidebar which lets you run GTalk in, guess what, a sidebar in Firefox. It's what I use in Ubuntu.

  • Artagnon

    I just use a bitlbee server with irssi for all IM purposes. Who cares about another crappy proprietary interface that Google *might* offer in future?

  • Srikrishna

    I wanna know if it has the file share and audio extensions added with the existing jingle...oops libjingle or not!

    :)

  • Raghav

    Does anybody know of any utility which allows voip... using google talk as server...

    My wife uses windows google talk to catch up with friends and I want her to migrate to Ubuntu..

    That simply means, chat is not enough.. voip is the think we look for... :)

    regards
    raghav..

  • Ravi

    Raghav,
    You could try skype or Ekiga. Skype is proprietary but Ekiga which you get installed by default if you select a gnome based distribution is open source. I may add that I haven't tried either since I have not done voip calls (yet).

  • Samuel

    Try Jabbin or tapioca for voip and good luck with them ,they dont work good and have a hard time with them ,folks at the forums dont know much about it as well