Howto setup Voice chat with Google talk user using Empathy

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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.This packet contains the empathy IM application and account manager.
Install Required packages

First you need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file using the following command

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

add the one of the following lines

For Intrepid users

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

For Hardy users

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

Save and Exit the file.

Now you need to update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install the required packages using the following command

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

This will complete the installation.

Using Empathy

You can start Empathy from Applications --> Internet --> Empathy Instant Messenger

Configure your gmail account with the following settings

1. In Empathy, Edit --> Accounts gtalk0 is checked

2. For Gtalk account you have to give Login ID [email protected]

3. Server is: talk.google.com

4. Port is 5223, and

5. Use old ssl is checked

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22 thoughts on “Howto setup Voice chat with Google talk user using Empathy

  1. I have followed this method but I get only incoming voice, not outgoing voice. This is not a microphone problem either, because Skype is ok on my ubuntu machine.

    Can you give any remedy?

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  2. When I ran sudo apt-get update I got the error:

    W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 638ABCA0FA3A1271
    W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

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  3. But it added the gTalk accounts i had in pidgin as jabber ones and i had to erase those and add them manuelyl as gTalk ones

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  4. I also have had the problem of no outgoing voice, but I discovered that if you switch who is initiating the call, it works just fine. I believe in my case it doesn’t work if I start the call, but it works fine if the other person starts the call.

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  5. when update in terminal
    the following error
    W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 638ABCA0FA3A1271

    thank u

    Arasu.

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  6. You need to add the gpg key to the keyring. In a terminal :
    $ gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring /tmp/empathy.keyring --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv 71ADF3D49D6DB68769CC6C0B638ABCA0FA3A1271 && gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring /tmp/empathy.keyring --export --armor 71ADF3D49D6DB68769CC6C0B638ABCA0FA3A1271 | sudo apt-key add – && rm /tmp/empathy.keyring

    Regards

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  7. Looks telepathy-butterfly python-msn are must for enabling the voice chat!!!! Before installing those rpms I was not able to make call.
    Thanks for the help!!!

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  8. When I tried, I got the following errors

    brijith@ubuntu201:~$ sudo apt-get install empathy telepathy-gabble telepathy-mission-control telepathy-stream-engine telepathy-butterfly python-msn
    [sudo] password for brijith:
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    telepathy-gabble is already the newest version.
    telepathy-mission-control is already the newest version.
    telepathy-stream-engine is already the newest version.
    telepathy-butterfly is already the newest version.
    python-msn is already the newest version.
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    empathy: Depends: libebook1.2-9 (>= 2.22.3) but 2.22.1-0ubuntu2 is to be installed
    Depends: libedataserver1.2-9 (>= 2.22.3) but 2.22.1-0ubuntu2 is to be installed
    Depends: libempathy-gtk15 (>= 2.23.91) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages

    regards,
    Brijith

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    admin Reply:

    try to run the following command

    sudo apt-get -f install

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  9. Then I got this

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Correcting dependencies… Done
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
    libswing-layout-java libempathy14 libfreemarker-java javahelp2 libempathy-common subversion liblucene2-java libnb-ide8-java openjdk-6-jdk libini4j-java
    libnb-java1-java libnb-platform7-devel-java libnb-apisupport1-java libswingworker-java libdb4.5-java libjtidy-java libnb-platform7-java
    libxml-commons-resolver1.1-java libempathy-gtk-common libappframework-java libnb-javaparser-java libnb-svnclientadapter-java libbeansbinding-java
    Use ‘apt-get autoremove’ to remove them.
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    libempathy-common libempathy-gtk-common libempathy14
    The following packages will be REMOVED:
    empathy
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    libempathy-common libempathy-gtk-common libempathy14
    0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    1 not fully installed or removed.
    Need to get 841kB of archives.
    After this operation, 3224kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated!
    libempathy-common libempathy-gtk-common libempathy14
    Install these packages without verification [y/N]? y
    Get:1 http://ppa.launchpad.net hardy/main libempathy-common 2.24.1-1ubuntu1~ppa8.04+1 [446kB]
    Get:2 http://ppa.launchpad.net hardy/main libempathy-gtk-common 2.24.1-1ubuntu1~ppa8.04+1 [308kB]
    Get:3 http://ppa.launchpad.net hardy/main libempathy14 2.24.1-1ubuntu1~ppa8.04+1 [87.2kB]
    Fetched 841kB in 29s (28.2kB/s)
    (Reading database … 150598 files and directories currently installed.)
    Removing empathy …
    Selecting previously deselected package libempathy-common.
    (Reading database … 150545 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking libempathy-common (from …/libempathy-common_2.24.1-1ubuntu1~ppa8.04+1_all.deb) …
    Selecting previously deselected package libempathy-gtk-common.
    Unpacking libempathy-gtk-common (from …/libempathy-gtk-common_2.24.1-1ubuntu1~ppa8.04+1_all.deb) …
    Selecting previously deselected package libempathy14.
    Unpacking libempathy14 (from …/libempathy14_2.24.1-1ubuntu1~ppa8.04+1_i386.deb) …
    Setting up libempathy-common (2.24.1-1ubuntu1~ppa8.04+1) …
    Setting up libempathy-gtk-common (2.24.1-1ubuntu1~ppa8.04+1) …

    Setting up libempathy14 (2.24.1-1ubuntu1~ppa8.04+1) …

    Processing triggers for libc6 …
    ldconfig deferred processing now taking place

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  10. hey, i tried it and it works, i am talking to a friend just now, we can hear each other, but there is also a static sound in the background, a little bit to high not to consider it a minus.

    does anybody now how to solve it?

    thanks for the tip,

    nicgom

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  11. when i used to add a gtalk account dilogue box appear with title “Enter password for default keyring to unlock” with message “The application empathy (/usr/bin/emapathy) wants acces to the default keyring but its locked

    now how to unlock this key nd wht is password for to unlock tht keyring

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  12. Executed the install command, everything seemed to install Ok except for (as per output):

    Package telepathy-mission-control is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source
    E: Package telepathy-mission-control has no installation candidate

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  13. If you need all those packages to use empathy, why the empathy package installation is not dependent on and drags an automatic installation of all those packages?

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