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Gmail Video & Voice Chat Comes To Linux

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Published on 20 August 2010 09:58 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Google
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For those that enjoy using Gmail for e-mail and chat but have been missing out on the video and voice chat capabilities when using this Google service, there's now official video and voice chat support available for Linux. Gmail video and voice support was added nearly two years ago and has been supported under Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X, but released last night was the first Linux plug-in offering this multimedia support.

Right now this voice and video support from Google only supports Ubuntu and other Debian-based Linux distributions, but RPM support for Red Hat, Fedora, and others is said to be coming soon.

The Linux video chat announcement can be read on the Gmail blog and the voice and video chat support can be installed for Windows/Mac OS X/Linux from this Google chat page.

Thanks to Google's Tristan Schmelcher for working on this official Linux support and notifying us of its availability.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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