Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Google Talk

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:

  1. Go to Settings | Configure Kopete.
  2. Click New to setup a new account.
  3. At Step One,choose the Jabber messaging service.
  4. At Step Two, in the Basic Setup tab, enter your GMail address (including the @gmail.com part) for Jabber ID.
  5. Optionally, check the Remember password checkbox and enter your password if you want Kopete to remember it via KWallet, the KDE Wallet Manager.
  6. In the Connection tab, make sure that the Use protocol encryption (SSL) checkbox is checked.
  7. Check the Override default server information checkbox and enter talk.google.com as the Server. The Port should automatically be defaulted to 5223.
  8. Hit Next and then Finish. You should now be able to connect to the Google Talk server.