Use Google Hangouts Directly From Your Ubuntu System, Via The Google Talk Plugin

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Google Hangouts is a free instant messaging service that enables the users to easily char between one another from both computer and mobile phone. All you need in order to benefit from this service is to have a Google Mail account, install the Google Talk Plugin and the Google Talk Plugin and Google Talk Plugin Video Rendered add-ons, for Mozilla Firefox.

Use Google Hangouts Directly From Your Ubuntu System, Via The Google Talk Plugin

In this article I will show you how to install Google Talk Plugin 5.2.4.0 On Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 16 Petra, Linux Mint 14 Nadia, Linux Mint 13 and Elementary OS 0.2 Luna.

Because in is available via the Google Repository, installing Google Talk Plugin 5.2.4 on the listed Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Elementary OS systems is easy. All you have to do is add the repository to your system and get it’s key, update the local repository index and install the google-talkplugin package. Like this:

$ wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install google-talkplugin

After the Google Talk Plugin has been successfully installed, open your Firefox browser, go to Tools -> Add-ons -> Plugins and enable Google Talk Plugin and Google Talk Plugin Renderer.

Use Google Hangouts Directly From Your Ubuntu System, Via The Google Talk Plugin

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2 comments on “Use Google Hangouts Directly From Your Ubuntu System, Via The Google Talk Plugin
  1. Swarup says:

    I followed your instructions, and the plugins installed without any problem at all. Once I’ve enabled them by making them “always active”, then what do I have to do to start up google hangouts and, say, initiate a session with someone the way I would with skype?

  2. JK from WV says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I followed your procedure to successfully install the Firefox Google Talk plugin on a Linux Mint 17.1 MATE system running on a 2007 vintage Acer Aspire 5920 laptop. For some reason, the “sudo sh …” line would not work when pasted into a terminal window, but it worked fine when manually typed in. Weird.

    I’ve made a few calls using the plugin and they worked flawlessly.

    BTW, this old laptop had not been used for a few months. After Windows applied all the updates it had missed it would hang up while booting and never display the desktop. This was all the excuse I needed to get a Crucial MX100 256GB SSD that was on sale and put Mint Rebecca on it. For general web surfing, email and Libre Office, it’s at least as quick and smooth as the Toshiba i7 Windows 8.1 laptop I have been using as my primary PC.

    This old laptop using Linux and a Core 2 Duo T5450 may even be a bit quicker loading complex web pages than the i7-4700MQ with its mechanical hdd. My next experiment playing around with this will be to clone the SSD to the 320GB 5400rpm hdd that came originally with the Acer. It will be interesting to see how much the excellent performance I’m enjoying depends on the SSD.

    I’ve been trying different flavors of Linux at home since kernel 0.99-something, and have found myself sadly reverting to Windows for everyday use time after time. For servers or specialized scientific apps Red Hat with paid remote support or Centos for groups with their own ‘nix admin are great. For non-technical users, though, needing to open a terminal window and using ‘sudo’ to install a browser plugin is a still a huge obstacle.

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