What is the best application to video chat using linux?

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What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby bzzzzz on Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:27 pm

I used to use skype quite a bit (when I used windows) but I'd rather use an open source application if possible. I'm not certain but I don't think skype supports video on linux.

I want to chat with friends and family and ideally be able to see each other as well. What is the best application for doing this.

Thanks for the help
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby proxima_centauri on Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:32 pm

Skype should work in the same manner.
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby bzzzzz on Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:37 pm

proxima_centauri wrote:Skype should work in the same manner.


I'm downloading skype as I type this
These are the Hardware requirements for Skype

* Hardware requirements
* 1 Ghz processor or faster.
* 256 MB RAM.
* 20 MB free disk space on your hard drive.
* Microphone and speakers or headset.
* Internet connection – broadband is best (GPRS is not supported for voice calls).
* Video card driver with Xv support.

Why doesn't it say webcam?

Also I don't believe that Skype is open source.
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby proxima_centauri on Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:41 pm

Install it through Synaptic Package Manager
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby pisacksen on Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:10 pm

Skype work great.
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby bzzzzz on Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:34 pm

Ok I must be doing something daft.

I go to Software manager and I look at all the internet applications and I see skype. It's selected yellow at the moment. But when I press intsall it goes through what appears to be an installation process, but doesn't install.

I don't get any failure message, but I do notice that skype is highlighted yellow.

What am I doing wrong?
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby pisacksen on Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:55 pm

I went to the skype website and downloaded. From there, the package installer ran. Used the ubuntu 9.10, in my case x64, .deb file.
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby bzzzzz on Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:23 am

pisacksen wrote:I went to the skype website and downloaded. From there, the package installer ran. Used the ubuntu 9.10, in my case x64, .deb file.

I can only see Ubuntu 8.10
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby Niks on Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:07 am

http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-beta-ubuntu-32

I used this one and it works but I have yet not got my cam to work on it although cam works on aMSN.
The test button just makes the whole screen go grey but hit any key and your back.
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby remoulder on Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:49 am

proxima_centauri wrote:Install it through Synaptic Package Manager


You're out of date proxima-centauri :) :x , skype hasn't been in the repos for a while now, it was removed by ubuntu due to conflicts. You have to install direct from skype, currently at beta2 - 2.1.0.81.1. Choose ubuntu 8.10+ for helena and gloria.
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby proxima_centauri on Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:54 am

weak.

Nobody tells me anything anymore.. hehe thanks for the update remoulder.

i had the same problem telling someone in IRC to try out GYachi - not in the repo anymore.
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby bzzzzz on Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:39 pm

Has anyone actually got skype to work with their webcam?

I don't know how you could do video chat without a webcam.
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby remoulder on Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:44 pm

bzzzzz wrote:I don't know how you could do video chat without a webcam.


I draw you a picture of me smiling and send it to you, you do the same in reverse? :lol:
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby bzzzzz on Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:52 pm

remoulder wrote:
bzzzzz wrote:I don't know how you could do video chat without a webcam.


I draw you a picture of me smiling and send it to you, you do the same in reverse? :lol:


Sounds about right :(
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby bzzzzz on Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:29 pm

I've installed skype

My webcam can take pictures using cheese

but skype won't recognise my webcam

any words of wisdom how to solve this?
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Re: What is the best application to video chat using linux?

Postby Niks on Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:47 pm

Yep thats the problem I've got too!
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