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I just need a simple voice chat via yahoo. I tried Empathy, Kopete, Pidgin and read several forums, but none helped.

Can anyone give me a hint how can I make a simple audio call via yahoo in Ubuntu 11.04? Thanks :)

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have you tried gYachE or gYachi ? I'll reply back in 2/3 hrs if its available for 11.04 and way to set it up. I used it around a year back so not sure if its still available but u can try until then :) – wisemonkey Dec 1 '11 at 16:35
I read about it but as I checked its website, it is very old. Moreover, I was unable to find it in Ubuntu Software Center, and thought that it should not be popular recently. – All Dec 1 '11 at 17:21
Gyache Its available through ppa:adilson/experimental ppa. I donot know how much progress it has made but it is under active development so give it a try. – sagarchalise Dec 1 '11 at 17:26
It can be left open for others; though I resolved my problem by using web-based google talk. I installed lots of applications, and do not aim to make my ubuntu more messy ;) – All Mar 4 '12 at 6:19
I thought you had a problem with connecting to Yahoo. Web-based Google Talk solves it!? – Nitin Venkatesh Mar 4 '12 at 9:30

Try the guide at for getting yahoo messenger on linux with voice chat, webcam support, etc. It has screenshots and clear instructions, and I hope it works for you.

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That article is to be updated for oneric – Tachyons Mar 4 '12 at 15:57
It should work fine on oneric. – rocket101 Mar 4 '12 at 16:53
Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Nitin Venkatesh Mar 4 '12 at 17:19
I'll try that. Thanks! – rocket101 Mar 4 '12 at 21:01
Nitstorm, I can't seem to get it into my post. The formatting gets messed up, hyperlinks get all weird, etc. I looked all over the askubuntu site, but couldn't seem to get the information I needed to get the "essential parts" from the website to here without it getting all weird. Anyways, hope it's useful as is, and that it works! – rocket101 Mar 4 '12 at 21:10

There are actually many like: pidgin and empathy and can be easily installed using apt-get/ubuntu software center. Pidgin also supports video chatting for yahoo.

These work very nicely. Instead of looking for alternatives it is better to sort the problem with these by exactly knowing what issues are being faced.

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Pidgin also supports video chatting for yahoo. Do you have a specific Pidgin version for Linux which can do Yahoo voice? Which one is it? If not, could you please give a citation supporting this claim? doesn't show any progress on this feature and most of the web sites I've fond say the contrary. – pts Sep 15 '12 at 17:28
1… says that Pidgin does not support voice or video for Yahoo. This directly contradicts what you say. Do you have any evidence supporting your claim? How did you manage to make it work? – pts Sep 15 '12 at 17:51
According to , Empathy doesn't support Yahoo voice chat either. Empathy uses Telepathy for network communication, and the official page of Telepathy says that Yahoo voice chat is not supported. – pts Sep 15 '12 at 17:56

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