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Saturday, August 22, 2009

How to talk using Pidgin 2.6.1 on Ubuntu Jaunty.

Pidgin 2.6.0 was released on Aug 19 2009 and brought good news to Linux users that it comes with Voice and Video support.

This is how I installed on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope.

Removed existing Pidgin:
sudo aptitude purge pidgin pidgin-data libpurple0 libpurple-bin
Add the following repositories to Software sources:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/pidgin-developers/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/pidgin-developers/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
Add signing keys:
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys A1F196A8
Update and install:
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install pidgin
For audio/video calls:
Double click the buddy and
Click on Conversation/Media in the new window.
If the buddy does not have audio/video facility the options will be greyed out.
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