Voice Chat on Ubuntu – Empathy!!!

Empathy consists of a rich set of reusable instant messaging widgets, and a GNOME client using those widgets. It uses Telepathy and Nokia’s Mission Control, and reuses Gossip’s UI. The main goal is to permit desktop integration by providing libempathy and libempathy-gtk libraries. libempathy-gtk is a set of powerful widgets that can be embeded into any GNOME application.


First we will add launchpad repository to get latest binary for ubuntu :

Add these lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list :

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

For Jaunty(9.04) Users

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

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

For Intrepid(8.10) users

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/telepathy/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main

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

For Hardy(7.04) users

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/telepathy/ppa/ubuntu hardy main

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

Finally, you need to update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install the required packages and empathy via this command :

sudo apt-get install empathy telepathy-gabble telepathy-mission-control telepathy-stream-engine telepathy-butterfly python-msn

SetUp Empathy

Start Empathy by going Applications –> Internet –> Empathy Instant Messenger or empathy command

Use your google talk account here and click Advanced and be sure server is talk.google.com , port 5223, and use old ssl is checked.