GTalk Gadget + Prism = GTalk Alternative for Linux and Mac Users?

It’s no secret GTalk client is for Windows only. Linux and Mac users have so far sought out other IM alternatives thanks to GTalk using Jabber protocol for their IM client. I use openSuSE 10.3 as my primary desktop and have had trouble getting some of the excellent IM clients like Pidgin to work behind a proxy.

Thanks to GChat in Gmail, I have been able to use IM even if it has to be within Gmail. I even used a Greasemonkey script for Gmail 2.0 to alert me with the tab flashing when there is a new IM. However, I did find this a little annoying to keep going back to Gmail to check on IM messages. Because, everytime I go into Gmail to see IM messages, I would also end up checking my Inbox and before I know 20-30 minutes would have vanished. This kind of goes against my goal of trying to increase productivity with all these web apps and hacks.

So, I started to run Google Talk gadget in my browser sidebar with a browser bookmarklet. This freed me up from using GChat in Gmail to GTalk in my browser sidebar.

You’d think I’d be content at this point. Not. :wink:

Run Google Talk (GTalk) gadget with Mozilla Prism

Mozilla Prism released their 0.9 version last week and I am smitten by the usefulness of it. If you haven’t heard of it, check out my Mozilla Prism review. In that post, I also show how you can run it from behind a proxy at work or school. Since it’s a beta version and a work in progress, they don’t have a straightforward setting for proxy in it’s options yet.

If you don’t want to click over, Prism is a prototype from Mozilla Labs which lets you split your web applications from the web and run it in your desktop as a standalone application. They even allow separate profiles for each Prism app which means you can have multiple Gmail accounts open in different Prism web apps in your desktop.

I have taken this idea and created a Prism web app for the Google Talk gadget and now I have a GTalk client like app running standalone in my desktop! Some of the best gadgets out there for sure.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Install Mozilla PrismWindows, Mac & Linux installers (v0.9 at the time of writing)
  2. Create a new web app with url https://talkgadget.google.com/talkgadget/client
  3. Give it a name and choose to save it on desktop
  4. You are done!

GTalk with Prism

If you are a Mac or a Linux user, you can now run GTalk standalone in your computer with Mozilla Prism. If you are already using Firefox 3, with this Prism Firefox extension you can just open this url (or any other web app) in Firefox 3 and then directly create a desktop application for GTalk right from your browser.

I see that Prism has an option to install extensions. It doesn’t look like it’ll accept Firefox extensions as it complains that they are not compatible. I even tried turning off compatibility checking but didn’t have much success. I would love to hear if someone has succeeded installing extensions with Prism as that would open up a whole new world of options to these Prism web apps. I am sure it will be obvious in the coming releases. But, I want to make it work today! :lol:

GTalk in Linux

GTalk makes it the fourth web app I run in my Linux desktop with Prism after Gmail, Google Reader and Remember the Milk.

What other web application do you see yourself running on your desktop with Mozilla Prism besides these cool gadgets?

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19 Responses to “GTalk Gadget + Prism = GTalk Alternative for Linux and Mac Users?”

  1. Keith Dsouza March 18, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    To be quite frank I haven’t given Prism much thought but now that you showed me the usefulness I would definitely use it for some web services starting with Gmail :-)

    Keith Dsouza’s last blog post..Windows Vista Service Pack 1 to be released tomorrow

  2. K March 18, 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    Hey Keith, great to see you back! Hope everything is great with you. I was the same way until I played with the recent release. It’s stable enough to run the few I have mentioned although I have had problems running RTM – tends to freeze up.

    Yay.. it’s fun convincing a reader to try something I am excited about. :wink:

  3. Raj March 19, 2008 at 10:15 am #

    Check out the fun with Firefox.. and a new use too
    http://www.techtola.com/2008/03/fun-with-firefox-browser-inside-browser.html

    Raj’s last blog post..Hotmail – Yes it is Cool now…

  4. Troy March 19, 2008 at 2:30 pm #

    It keeps getting easier and easier to switch all your programs over to linux. At this rate, I won’t have any excuses left by the end of the year :) .

  5. K-IntheHouse March 20, 2008 at 12:15 pm #

    Thanks for the info, Raj!

    Troy.. I pretty much work all day in a Linux machine and hardly miss any of the Windows applications. Especially with Wine, I can even run some of the portable utilities I love on Windows like FSCapture, run great on Linux. :razz: Also, I use a lot of web applications and prefer them over some of the options available for a Linux desktop. But, you are right. I think it has a reached a critical mass and now we are seeing faster transition.

    K-IntheHouse’s last blog post..Firefox Extensions: Picks of the Week 08-03-20

  6. Eduardo April 15, 2008 at 6:04 pm #

    ¡Excelent!

    In my Madriva box, however, it doesn’t installs the shortcut in the desktop… Any advice…

    Great anyway…

  7. Andrew@Cars look May 10, 2008 at 8:58 am #

    Thanks for extention working with Firefox 3, it very comfortable

  8. fsakbas@web tasarımı September 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm #

    hey, thanks this is great app. , useful things. i bookmarked.

  9. fun info November 24, 2008 at 3:32 am #

    what i like from your post is not just because the topic so useful, but also the details step by step. I’ll bookmark your site.

    fun infos last blog post..The First Ever Hello Kitty Netbook

  10. gorge December 31, 2008 at 3:27 pm #

    thank you for sharing your information

  11. web tasarımı January 31, 2009 at 5:48 am #

    Google’s GTalk messaging application is currently Windows only, shankri-la points out that similar functionality

  12. web tasarımı January 31, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    thanks for sharing I’ll use the Gtalk Gadget.

  13. Cameron d February 17, 2009 at 4:48 am #

    Better to use empathy or gtalktovoip

    http://www.ceveni.com/2009/02/linux-im-clients-voice-chat-with-gtalk.html

  14. Diablomarcus July 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    Thank you so much! I had used Pidgin for a while, but I found it so big and slow that I had to uninstall it. IRC just wasn’t cutting it and your post came at the exact right time. Thank you!

  15. web tasarımı August 5, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    Hey Keith, great to see you back! Hope everything is great with you. I was the same way until I played with the recent release. It’s stable enough to run the few I have mentioned although I have had problems running RTM – tends to freeze up.

    Yay.. it’s fun convincing a reader to try something I am excited about

    I think.

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