Google Talk on Linux using wine



Ok – so I’ve been looking at Google Talk all evening and thought I’d try it out. First, it will not run on Win98, only 2000, XP and 2003 are supported. It installs using crossover office (4.2) and starts. You get to see the main login screen. On any button click there is an internal error and the program vanishes.

I’ll update more as I experiment more. I can’t seem to get the installer to start using Cedaga (Winex) from transgaming. I’m currently looking at a rebuild of the source rpm of the 7/25/05 release of the winehq wine.

OK – I’ve got the 072505 package of wine installed. It installs and right now there’s a stranded main window of the Google Talk client on the desktop. It’s unresponsive at this point. I’ll leave the thread open just in case anyone has got this running under wine. Maybe dll substitutions?

The most successful thus far has been using Crossover Office. (Main window is responsive, you can type in username and password, clicking login or any other buttons causes the program to crash out.)

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5 Responses to “Google Talk on Linux using wine”

  1. Robin Haswell Says:


    Yeah I’ve tried the same thing using cvswine. At work the client bombs out with some error about ntdll. However on my home machine (again, cvswine) I think it’s stable, although I didn’t really have time to actually use it before I had to rush off. I might try X11 forwarding later and see what happens.

  2. Ivan Peevski Says:


    After install, it brings the main window. It looks unresponsive, but actually all that doesn’t work is keyboard input. If you copy/paste the username/password, it is quite happy to take them, but then it crashes:
    process tid prio (all id:s are in hex)
    00000008 (D) C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe
    00000017 0

  3. chris Says:


    Crossover Office version 5.0 can run google talk without crashing. However I cannot seem to connect, I get an error message saying ‘Could not authenticate to server’. Its closer to working but not quite there yet.

  4. Avery Says:


    I can run it on Crossover Office 5.0 as well. What’s really peculiar is the first time I load it, it starts, shows the main window and vanishes – the second time I try it loads and stays and you can browse through the settings. I do get the same kind of connection error that you’re reporting there. Looks like it’s closer to working that way – I’d be a bit doubtful if any of the audio “stuff” would work but who knows?

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