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Part 3 of my question.

I am trying to replace my Windows 7 system with a working Ubuntu system but I am running into issues with several software being used at work. Could anyone please advise alternatives for the following software / tools?

  1. Google Talk using proxy ( empathy doesn't work with proxy servers)
  2. Cisco VPN Client - (vpnc fails to connect and cisco linux vpn build locks up any dual core system after using it for some time).
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  • I can perfectly connect to a Cisco VPN network---after having installed vpnc--- with the network panel. I just have to create a new VPN network choosing "VPNC cisco compatible" and set up everthing correctly. – Marcel Aug 16 '11 at 10:39
  • Yes i think i have found my answer. I managed to connect with network manager vpnc . forgot to update the question/answer – Ubuntuser Aug 19 '11 at 15:44
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  1. How about Pidgin? It supports a wide variety of instant messaging protocols (eg. MSN, IRC, SILC, Yahoo..) and proxies as well.
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  • doesnt work with the proxy. its very surprising though. all messengers gtalk, yahoo, digsby work through this proxy on windows but none work in linux – Ubuntuser Apr 7 '11 at 13:47
  • I will give this to you as i have finally managed to get Pidgin working through the proxy. :) – Ubuntuser May 2 '11 at 9:32
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QutIM

free open-source multiprotocol (ICQ, Jabber/GTalk/Ya.Online/LiveJournal.com, Mail.Ru, IRC) instant messenger

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Or may be you can use this handy trick, this would enable audio/video chatting http://tutafuta.com/2011/05/25/how-to-use-gtalk-on-linux-or-mac/

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@Ubuntuser, are you sure you tried everything with vpnc? For instance, installing it on a kernel older than 2.6.38+, will result in compilation errors.
There are workarounds and patches; here's a walk-through article that lead me to a successful install.

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