Empathy is the default instant messenger shipped with Ubuntu 9.10. Like any other IM it supports text and voice chat and for Linux/Ubuntu distributions it can be a good GoogleTalk substitute. Just like Pidgin, Empathy supports multiple chat IDs — this means to use different chat programs you don’t need to install multiple chat clients.
As many of you must be using your Google apps email ID to voice chat, here we are going to explain how you can use Empathy with your Google apps email id. It’s actually quite simple. All you need is the information being displayed in the graphic:
As you can see, you have to add all the usual stuff, but unlike other sources on the Internet explaining how to add a Google apps email Id to Empathy, you don’t have to enter much information. You just need:
- Login Id: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Password: your password
- Server: talk.google.com
- Port: 5223 (It comes up on its own the moment you select the below-mentioned check box)
- Use old SSL: check it
That’s it. Leave other boxed empty and check boxes unchecked.