Google lands Gmail video chat on Linux
Ubuntu and other Debians
Google has introduced a Linux incarnation of the online voice and video chat client that integrates with Gmail and other Google services.
In a blog post, the company says that Linux support was its top video chat request. "If you’ve been wanting to use voice and video chat on Linux," the post reads, "then we have good news for you: it’s now available!"
Excited Linux heads can download the new plug-in here.
Introduced in November 2008, Google's voice and video chat service was designed to allow instant video chats from Gmail, but now, it can also be launched directly from iGoogle and Orkut, that social networking service so loved in Brazil and India.
The Linux plug-in supports Ubuntu and other Debian-based distros, and Google says that RPM is on the way. The plug-in and service are free. ®
64bit native too boot!!
Just finished downloading it.
Now all I need is someone to talk to.
Speech to text
I presume Google will be using some sort of speech to text technology as storing all these conversations in audio would be using a lot of storage. Probably a frame capture or two from the video and some face recognition software to get names to attch to the text too.
Then again, you can always get plastic surgery in addition to changing your name, so no harm done.
When do we get a 'doing nothing but evil' icon?
Not ready for primetime ...
Running the new plugin under Ubuntu Hardy (2.6.23-24 kernel) with the ALSA audio manager is borked.
On system boot, audio works fine, in and out. But when Gmail is launched with the new chat binaries installed I get video and I can hear just fine, but my audio input is dead for the rest of the session, requiring a reboot to get it back.
Getting there, though. Not quite better than nothing, but getting there.