Today there were some news about a software update of the Nokia tablet 770, a mobile device running Linux. The interesting thing was that the software update would make users able to use Google Talk over this Linux device – I never heard of a Linux client for Google Talk.
And I’ve never heard of a stable release of any Linux program which is capable of Google Talk aka Jabber-Jingle. So I got interested.
It turned out that they use a program called Tapioca which is developed for the Maemo Linux distribution. Maemo itself is heavily supported by Nokia, the same is true for Tapioca which is backed up by INdT, “Nokia Technology Institute”, Brazil.
Tapioca states about itself on it’s homepage:
Tapioca is a framework for Voice over IP (VoIP) and Instant Messaging (IM). Its main goal is to provide an easy way for developing and using VoIP and IM services in any kind of application. It was designed to be cross-platform, lightweight, thread-safe, having mobile devices and applications in mind.
Sounds nice – and since they do it Open Source and for Linux, it sounds even nicer.
Some of the basic technical background sounds also quite nice: they use dbus as well as GStreamer or ALSA, so it should work on the average Linux system.
At the moment the provided packages for Fedora Core 5 does not work on my machine, but since it is a early development state I will try to build from svn and test it as soon as possible. Until then: spread the word!