GTalk under Ubuntu

I tried to find good Jabber client under Linux. Found Pidgin… but there are only sources available so you should make it yourself:-) That’s not so trivial (under fresh Ubuntu 8.10)… spent some time finding all necessary packages.

Simple instruction:

  1. Download and extract sources from here: http://www.pidgin.im/download/source/
  2. cd pidgin-2.5.5/
  3. sudo aptitude install gettext
  4. sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev
  5. sudo apt-get build-dep pidgin
  6. ./configure ; make
  7. pidgin &

ICQ works also well. Cyrillic is supported.

Setup GTalk:

Protocol: XMPP
Screen name: name without @gmail.com
Server: gmail.com
Connect server (Advanced tab): talk.google.com


Ubuntu vs ASUS A8S

If you would like to install Ubuntu 8.10 to Asus A8Series notebook with Radeon HD2400 – it won’t be easy.

This simple procedure will help you (spent 6 hours to get it working):

  1. Install Ubuntu Linux 8.10 from Windows XP (I didn’t format partitions to ext3 – used second installation option)
  2. See black command line after first boot-up. ubuntu@ubuntu.
  3. Copy xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd_1.2.1-2build2_i386.deb (http://packages.debian.org/experimental/xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd) to the flash drive
  4. Mount this drive under linux command-line
    mkdir /media/disk
    mount /dev/sdb1 /media/disk
  5. Install driver
    sudo dpkg -i /media/disk/xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd_1.2.1-2build2_i386.deb
  6. Restart gdm
    sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart
  7. Complete linux installation (desktop shortcut).
  8. Restart PC in safe mode (choose command-line). Install again driver under your new account (steps 4-6).

happy Android coding:-)

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