Want a complete and free (as in freedom) GoogleTalk client?

Wikipedia defines Tapioca as…

…a woody Shrub of the Euphorbiaceae (spurge family) that is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, a major source of carbohydrate.

But for INdT guys 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.

The lastest release brings full interoperability (SIP + Jabber) with GoogleTalk. Also, there’s a very nice client (which needs some UI love). Experiment it! Installation guide is here.

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Lucas Rocha is just a brazilian guy who loves hacking and music. He lives in the frozen lands of Finland with his lovely wife Carol. He works for Nokia in the development of Hildon and Maemo. In his free time, he's a happy GNOME contributor. He has a mustache, a beard and big smile in his face.

10 thoughts on “Want a complete and free (as in freedom) GoogleTalk client?”

  1. This is the third best news all day! (usually it would be the first best, but this is an exceptional day)

  2. And to be Tapióca is that lovely cocos pancake from northeastern Brasil :) Let’s say very much where INdT is situated :)

    Aiee, agora eu queria uma tapióca com chaque!

    Fica bem

  3. As a brazillian I must say “I love tapioca”.

    Be careful on calling UI love, the current UI is perfect: simple as should be.

    The only add-on that I would want is a notification icon and maybe a notification popup.

  4. First of all, thank you all for the feedback, this is very nice and welcome.
    I just would like to clarify a point here that i saw a lot of people saying. What is the difference between Ekiga and Tapioca??
    First Tapioca is a framework, and not a application like Ekiga. This means, that you can build your own application do talk to GTalk or any service Tapioca provides using the framework.
    Another difference is that afaik Ekiga does not support XMPP/Jabber. Ekiga supports SIP/H323, so it can’t connect to GTalk, while Tapioca can.
    I am not saying Tapioca is better than Ekiga or the other way around, what i am trying to explain, is that they are both different projects, with different goals, and can live together ;).

    I hope i clarified some things here

    Now go get Tapioca :D

  5. are there any relations to the telepathy project from freedesktop? Their goals seem to be similar

  6. Since Ekija is quite mature, would it not be better to pull out a back end / framework from it, rather than start a new one? Will the two projects grow together?

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