Google Talk on Fedora 13

Since a few days, Google has this great feature that allows you to dial land lines from your gmail account. Unfortunately, they are only shipping a Linux client for Debian/Ubuntu. I'm using a custom repository with a lot of custom-build RPMs, and I really don't feel like switching away from RedHat-style for servers and clients.

How to use the .deb file on Fedora?

  • First, go to gmail and click on the "call" icon in the left sidebar
  • Download the .deb file offered. I use x86_64, so I get the file google-talkplugin_current_amd64.deb
  • Start a shell
  • mv [filename] /tmp
  • mkdir /tmp/googletalk
  • cd /tmp/googletalk
  • now, extract the file: ar vx ../google-talkplugin_current_amd64.deb
  • you get 3 files, control.tar.gz data.tar.gz and debian-binary
  • extract data.tar.gz: tar zxvf data.tar.gz
  • I don't want the google crontab, which of course is debian-based, so I only copy relevant files: cp -R opt usr /

Now, on a Debian based system, we would be ready. But on Fedora, some lib versions are incorrent. Link to the correct files:

  • cd /lib
  • ln -s
  • ln -s

Restart Firefox. Now you're done.

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