Skype is a program for audio and video chat. People often use it to make “long distance” telephone calls over the Internet. It is produced by a private company which keeps its mechanism secret.
The full Skype client is available in Ubuntu Software Center. You have to “Add this Source” in order to install it, and you have to agree to its licencing terms.
Webcam and Audio Support
If you need to test your webcam, you can install the
If you need to test your microphone use the “Input Level” indicator in
You can also use the Skype “Test Call” mechanism to test your setup.
The default chat program for Ubuntu 10.04 is called Empathy. It has support for a number of text, audio and video communication services. (Not all of them appear to work, however.)
One alternative to Empathy is called
Pidgin. There are many others.
Internet Relay Chat
Many open source and Linux projects use IRC (Internet Relay Chat). You do not need to sign up for an account in order to use IRC.
There are many networks to choose from. One popular one for projects is
freenode . Give yourself a nickname and (optionally) a real name. Then use
Room -> Join to enter a discussion.
As usual, you want to pay attention to etiquette so people are not mean to you.
The Empathy client supports VoIP calls, but you need to install the
telepathy-sofiasip package first (and log out of your computer?)
The dialpad is hidden: Click
Show Sidebar and then change
Audio Input to
In addition to the
Empathy program for live chat Lucid Lynx comes with the
Gwibber program for social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
A Note of Caution
Many of these problems want to store your username and password on your Linux system. If anybody gets into your account they can access your accounts! If you do not have a password on your Ubuntu username there is a chance that your passwords can be read!
Ubuntu tries to store passwords in your “keyring”, but it is always safer not to give your password out at all.
It is especially important not to use the same password for everything!
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