The rumors have finally come true - Google Talk, Google's IM service is here. Since it's based on Jabber XMPP, a variety of Jabber-capable IM clients can be used to connect to the network. Google has provided instructions on how to connect to their server using some clients. I did manage to connect to their server via Kopete version 0.10.3 which is the IM client that's part of KDE 3.4.2. Here are the step-by-step instructions for configuring Kopete to connect to the Google Talk network:
- Go to Settings | Configure Kopete.
- Click New to setup a new account.
- At Step One,choose the Jabber messaging service.
- At Step Two, in the Basic Setup tab, enter your GMail address (including the @gmail.com part) for Jabber ID.
- Optionally, check the Remember password checkbox and enter your password if you want Kopete to remember it via KWallet, the KDE Wallet Manager.
- In the Connection tab, make sure that the Use protocol encryption (SSL) checkbox is checked.
- Check the Override default server information checkbox and enter talk.google.com as the Server. The Port should automatically be defaulted to 5223.
- Hit Next and then Finish. You should now be able to connect to the Google Talk server.