I recently decided I needed to use Google Talk. I don’t know why, but I have Gmail accounts, so why not buddy up to Google Talk? I use Pidgin 2.0.0 on my Ubuntu 7.04 laptop. Unfortunately, I was having no luck getting XMPP (Google Talk) to connect properly. An upgrade to 2.2.0 is in order, right? Unfortunately, nothing exists in the repositories to upgrade Pidgin. Great! When I did the following steps, I did not have to remove my old Pidgin installation, and all settings and buddies were carried up just fine.
First, I need to update my repositories list:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://repository.debuntu.org/ feisty multiverse
deb-src http://repository.debuntu.org/ feisty multiverse
Then run the following commands:
wget http://repository.debuntu.org/GPG-Key-chantra.txt -O- | sudo apt-key add –
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pidgin
sudo apt-get install pidgin-libnotify
After this, Pidgin can be started from Applications -> Internet -> Pidgin. Once the app has started, I want to connect to Google Talk. Accounts -> Add/Edit -> Add -> Google Talk.
My protocol is XMPP by default. Screen name is my Gmail login. Domain is gmail.com. Resource is left to the Home default. In the Advanced tab, I checked Require SSL/TLS, chose a connect port of 5222, and connect server talk.google.com. I left the Proxy type to Use GNOME Proxy Settings.