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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 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 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.


Anonymous said…
It appears that there are some serious problems with using Kopete agianst the Google Talk server. The most annoying is the fact that when chatting with a Google Talk user from Kopete, the recipient of messages seems to get logged off every time!

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