Pidgin 2.6 Adds Google Talk Video and Voice Support – Linux, Ubuntu gets proper GTalk

My biggest concern over migrating to Linux/Ubuntu was absence of a single tool/IM that could handle my VOIP/IM/Video calls.Google never bothered for getting all these on linux platform, I wonder why.

Now Pidgin makes it possible for Windows/Mac/Linux: Pidgin has long been an easy way to use lots of different chat systems on your desktop. With its 2.6 release, Pidgin’s finally catching up to the video, audio, and file transfer offerings of Google Talk, Yahoo, and others.

The big new feature in the 2.6 releases—already at a bug-fixing 2.6.1 as this is written—is video and voice chat support over XMPP, known primarily as the Jabber/Google Talk protocol. Unfortunately, that video and audio chat support isn’t working on Windows at the moment (kind of a big target to miss, no?), but the Pidgin team says it’s coming soon. In other areas, Pidgin improved its Yahoo file transfer powers, added rough support for theming, and made a whole bunch of changes.

Pdigin’s 2.6.1 release is available as a source download at the moment, but pre-compiled versions for Windows, Linux, and Mac  should be rolling out soon.

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