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viewing flash and mms in firefox

Posted in linux, tweak with tags , on June 15, 2008 by coolarm

f you are a Linux newbie, you may want to read about Wubi (installation) of Ubuntu


Certain things I do to get my Ubuntu into a good shape is to install Flash and MMS plugins for Firefox

Flash – Youtube is a good place to test if the plugin is working fine. It is the easiest of installations. When you attempt to view a video in Youtube, Ubuntu displays a information bar on top. Click to install the missing plugins and you can select the Adobe Flash Player plugin and install the same. When prompted you will need to enter your user password again to perform installation of the software. One way to verify that Shockwave Flash is present in the Plugins tab when you goto Tools->Addons in Firefox. Alternatively you shoudl also be able to perform sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree.

MMS – You could use the streaming video on to verify the installation. You will need to disable the “VLC Multimedia Plugin” and “Totem Web Brower Plugin” in the Plugins tab of Tools-> Addons in Firefox. I use the mplayer plugin for Mozilla by performing

sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer

When you restart Firefox after installing mplayer plugin, you should be able to view the video. To verify this, you should be able to right click on the video area and click Configure to view the mplayer-plugin configuration. If you are seeing anything else, say Totem etc, you will need to uninstall those for Mplayer to show the video.



voip and video with gtalk users from linux

Posted in linux, tweak with tags , , on June 15, 2008 by coolarm

If you are a Linux newbie, you may want to read about Wubi (installation) of Ubuntu


I had been searchign for a solution for the above problem. I came across a bunch of solutions like Landell, Ereseva, Kopete with plugin, TapiocaUI. For one or the other reason, I just couldnt get it working on my system.

Landell, after a number of tries – compilation from source – I would land up in the same problem with some “argument: Null”. I then tried this Ereseva. Poor thing, wouldnt even fire up. Kopete with plugin, is still under build, i guess and TapiocaUI (package) is not available for my amd64 hardy arch. Landell and Ereseva dont seem to have enough support too, from the developers.

Today, I got the solution for the same. EMPATHY(Emphatic atlast) solves your worries.

I am yet to test the voice quality, though it establishes the connection. Also it has a video transmission facility, though I am yet to test it. The advantage is that, packages are available. I got to know of the location from a webpage on UbuntuForums

The instructions are as follows:

Step 1:Add the line

deb hardy main

at the end of the file /etc/apt/sources.list       –        This ensures that the above website location is searched for hardy compatible packages when a apt command is issued to install or search for a package

Now run,  sudo apt-get update

Step 2: Now to install the necessary packages

sudo apt-get install empathy
sudo apt-get install telepathy-gabble
sudo apt-get install telepathy-mission-control
sudo apt-get install telepathy-stream-engine

If you dont find any of these packages, you have most likely not added the source properly into the sources

Now goto Applications->Internet-> Empathy Instant Messenger

You should find it open up with the accounts dialog box or it should be minimized to the panel, in which case click on it to restore it. If you are not seeing the Accounts dialog box, goto Edit->Accounts

Provide your complete gmail id,, Password, Enable by checking the Enable box and close. Restart the program and you shoudl see your Buddies. Time to chat

Extra Info:

The following dependencies are automatically installed by apt:

empathy :libempathy-common libempathy-gtk-common libempathy-gtk12 libempathy12
libmissioncontrol-client0 libmissioncontrol-server1 libtelepathy-glib0
libtelepathy2 telepathy-mission-control

telepathy-gabble:  libloudmouth1-0

telepathy-mission-control : is installed in Hardy-Wubi-AMD64-Desktop installation.

telepathy-stream-engine :gstreamer0.10-plugins-farsight libfarsight0.1-3 libgsm1 libjinglebase0.3-0
libjinglep2p0.3-0 libjinglexmllite0.3-0 libjinglexmpp0.3-0
The following packages will be upgraded:
gstreamer0.10-plugins-good is the homepage of Empathy.  The debug isntructions in the webpage, is also useful. I did use it to understand that “” is essential in the login ID field. This is a thread from where I got to know about the launchpad repository.

Enjoy GTalking….