Google Brings Audio/Video Chat Support to Ubuntu and Debian

Aug 20, 2010

Full chat support across Google services

For awhile, Linux users have had to endure a lack of video and audio chat support from Google and its host of Web services. But for some users, that issue has been addressed by Google itself.

Debian and Ubuntu users got a treat today, as Google extended video and voice chat support to the two flavors of Linux. The voice and video chat plug-in adds video and audio support to Gmail, iGoogle, and Orkut.

While this isn't useful news to IRC fans, the inclusion of video/audio chat support makes both Ubuntu and Debian more user-friendly to end users, a market Ubuntu has targeted. Here's the link to the plug-in.

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  • @rbil

    Google? Testing something before it goes live? That's a good one, rbil.
  • It's Broken

    Google blew this one. With webcam connected, doesn't work at all. My webcam is supported by all Linux apps I have that can use a webcam, including Skype for Linux. Sorry Google, but you need to test this stuff before releasing.
  • Doesn't use Flash

    Actually it seems that after you install it it doesn't actually use Flash at all.
  • Google brings...? "Up to a point, Lord Copper"

    Tried the FFx Google plugin only to find that it only supports flash 32 bit video. No cigar for Google.
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