Friday, June 12, 2009

Use Empathy To Use Google Talk In Ubuntu

There is no official google talk version for linux which supports voice chat , also most of us have a lot of buddies in our google account , so not being able to talk to them from ubuntu can be a bit frustrating . So here's a small tutorial on how to get empathy to voice chat with your google talk buddies :

Step 1 : Go to Your Terminal and type sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

If you are using Ubuntu Jaunty , then add the following two lines

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

NOTE : For any other version of ubuntu , just replace jaunty with the version name

Step 2 : Now save and close the file
Step 3 : Back in the terminal type sudo apt-get update and then type sudo apt-get install empathy telepathy-gabble telepathy-mission-control telepathy-stream-engine telepathy-butterfly python-msn
Step 4 : Now the installation is complete.
Step 5 : Now open Empathy by going to Applications->Internet->Empathy 
Step 6 : Now click on Edit->Accounts ( or press F4)
Step 7 : Now select Account Type as Google Talk and click on CREATE

Step 8 : Enter your Login ID and password and ensure that the other settings are as shown in the screenshot ( its usually the default settings)

Step 9 : Now CHECK the option next to your gtalk account where it says ENABLED
Step 10 : Now back to the main empathy screen , select AVAILABLE instead of OFFLINE

Step 11 : Now when this page pops up , click on Always Allow

Step 12 : Now you should be successfully logged in
Step 13 : ALl the users which have a mic symbol next to it means that you CAN call them ( as they have a mic and headphone with them )

Step 14 : To CALL , just right click on the person's name and click on CALL
Step 15 : You should now see a window like this and should be able to TALK to your google talk buddy

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Install Google Chrome (Chromium) On Ubuntu 9.04

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. The Chromium codebase is the basis for Google’s Chrome browser.
Google Chrome have released a “developer only” version of Chrome saying you should NOT install it unless you are a developer.
To install it go to the Linux dev channel.
Click on either the 32 bit or the 64 bit version (which ever will match your architecture.)
Accept the terms of service.
Go to the directory the file was downloaded into, or better still copy the file in to your home directory and then issue the command :

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-unstable*

Once the installation command has finished you are ready to run the browser. 
Open up a terminal window and issue the command :

You can find it under Applications > Internet

Friday, June 5, 2009

KCheckGMail: Gmail Notifier For Kubuntu 9.04

For those of you who use Gmail and Kubuntu, here is a good news. KCheckGMail  has finally made the transition from KDE 3 to KDE 4. KCheckGMail is a simple KDE systray application that notifies when new email is received in a Gmail account.
Here are its features:
Small (around 230KB)
Available in multiple languages
eMail snippets
eMail snippets + attachments
More functionality via DCOP
Customizable search
Store password safely, using the KDE Wallet
Customizable check interval
Secure login and data retrieval by using https

KCheckGMail is available in:
Simplified Chinese

Go to this page and read the instructions given there.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Amarok 2.1 Released

The Amarok team has released Amarok 2.1. This release brings many new and unique features that will make your music listening experience even better.
The highlights of this release are:

Playlist Improvements

The playlist in Amarok 2.1 has undergone many improvements since the last release. You can now search and filter its content and queue tracks as well as tell Amarok to stop playing after a certain track.
The biggest change however is the new playlist layout editor. It lets you make the playlist look the way you like it. Covers, ratings, genres or just a simple track name? It's up to you! It comes with a few layouts predefined and leaves the rest for your creativity!

Context View

The improved Context View comes with a new layout and makes better use of free space. Applet management has been improved and applets follow your KDE color scheme.
Instead of using multiple pages with applets, new Context View displays them in one vertical column which can be reorganized with a handy widget at the bottom.


Bookmarking is finally here! Bookmarking comes in two types, automatic and manual. When you are listening to a long podcast, audiobook (or any other track longer than 10 minutes) Amarok will automatically mark the last listened to position and auto resume playback when you return to the track. You can also manually bookmark a position in any track to save for later.

Amarok URLs

Amarok URLs allow you to create a link to a certain place in Amarok. For example, you could make an URL to a great song you found on Jamendo and send it to your friend. Her Amarok will open the Jamendo service and the song you found. Stumbled upon an exceptional audio book on LibriVox? Create a link and send it to your family. In this release we are just starting to explore what is possible using these URLs, so expect to see many interesting features based on this in the future.

The service received an interface update and now allows you to play any tag, user, or artist radio. We have also added an option to mark songs in your local collection as loved. Now you can show how much love you have, even for local tracks. ;-)

ReplayGain Support

Amarok now supports ReplayGain natively. When it is enabled Amarok equalizes the volume of songs with ReplayGain tags to avoid big unexpected volume changes between songs. It currently requires the GStreamer Phonon backend.

Collection Headers

Headers in the collection browser now have a much cleaner, more distinctive look.

Media Devices

Album cover support for iPods has been added and many bugs have been fixed.

Compilation support

Thanks to the sleepless nights of many Amarok developers, identifying albums as compilations (aka "Various Artists") now works more reliably :)

Phonon Configuration

There's no need to leave Amarok in order to change the system-wide sound settings anymore. The Phonon configuration can now be opened from Amarok's preference dialog. This is especially handy when using Amarok in other desktop environments and operating systems.
Download Amarok 2.1 here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Synapse - A Cool New IM Application

There is a new IM app on the block, its called Synapse, it is a new alpha application which means its not nearly finished yet, but from the screenshot it looks amazing!

Here is some of Synapse's Key Features that already stand out from all the others:
  • Grid View - A Compact way to see/browse your friends!
  • Activity Feed - Unified View for friends activity ie; Twitter, IM Status, Music playing & More!
  • Photo Sharing - Flickr Integration, Drag & Drop images to chat window!
  • Web Preview - Get a glance of a webpage or video behind a link right in your chat window when you send/share a link!
  • Code Sharing - Syntax Highlighted code blocks for easiy collaboration
  • Highly Extensible - Plugins are added with extreme ease, and the architecture wont hold developers back in creating new plugins/addons
Howto Install on Ubuntu
Please note that Synapse is only supported on Ubuntu version 8.10 (Intrepid) or later. If you are running an older version, you’ll need to upgrade first.
  1. Save this key file to your desktop. 
  2. At the top of your screen, select System → Administration → Software Sources.
  3. On the Ubuntu Software tab, make sure that both main and universe are checked. 
  4. On the Authentication tab, click the Import Key File button and select the key file you saved in step 1. 
  5. On the Third-Party Software tab, click the Add button, and paste the appropriate APT line for your version of Ubuntu: 
Intrepid 8.10: deb intrepid main
Jaunty 9.04: deb jaunty main
  1. After adding the source, press the the Close button at the bottom of the Software Sources window. When asked, click Refresh. 
  2. Back at the top of your screen, select Applications → Add/Remove. Search for synapse, then in the results check the box next to Synapse Instant Messenger, then click Apply Changes. 
  3. NOTE: Some users have reported Synapse does not show up under Add/Remove. If you are unable to find Synapse using Add/Remove or Synaptic, Select Applications → Accessories → Terminal, and then type sudo apt-get install synapse. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Install Google Gadgets In Ubuntu 9.04

Google Gadgets for Linux provides a platform for running cool and useful desktop gadgets under Linux, catering to the unique needs of Linux users.

Install Google Gadgets in ubuntu 9.04

If you want to install google gadgets use the following command

sudo apt-get install google-gadgets-gtk 
Using Google Gadgets

You can open Google gadgets go to Applications—>Internet—>Google Gadgets (GTK)


Start Google Gadgets Automatically
To start Google Gadgets when you log in, open
System->Preferences->Sessions. Click Add and create a new item for Google Gadgets with the command ggl-gtk.

Compiz Widget Layer integration
Just like with Screenlets, you can use Compiz’s Widget Layer plugin to get an effect similar to Mac OS’ dashboard. You will need to have the Advanced Desktop Effects Settings tool (CCSM) installed, and be using the custom desktop effects level.

System->Preferences->Advanced Desktop Effects Settings. Enable the Widget Layer plugin, and enter its preferences screen. Select the Behavior tab, and type the following into the Widget Windows text box:

Your gadgets should now be hidden. Press F9 to toggle the widget layer to show and hide them.


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