Thursday, February 2, 2012

Enabling video and audio calls in pidgin office communicator accout under Ubuntu oneiric (11.10)

Not sure if you are using office communicator, but I do @work. For a long time I was frustrated with the fact that the audio and video calls do not work. Fortunately, there is a way out.

Install required deps

sudo apt-get install libgstreamer0.10-dev libnice-dev libpurple-dev libnss3-dev libglib2.0-dev checkinstall
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/sipe/sipe/pidgin-sipe-1.12.0/pidgin-sipe-1.12.0.tar.bz2
tar -xf pidgin-sipe-1.12.0.tar.bz2
cd pidgin-sipe-1.12.0/
./configure --with-vv
now you need to take a look at the output and make sure that it says:
Voice and video: enabled
because I might have forgotten some dependency. Anyway from now on (if you have the video enabled in the configure script) it is straightforward:
make
checkinstall -D make install
Voila! You need to restart pidgin and the audio and video should work. Maybe someone will make a ppa for this, but for now, there is none.
Update: I made the ppa myself. I don't have all the dependencies figured out yet, but the package is here:
https://launchpad.net/~radaczynski/+archive/ppa/+packages

and you also need to update pidgin to the one from pidgin ppa