In Ubuntu Oneiric 11.10 it's possible to configure a Google Online Account. I'm able to configure this program to get access to Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Chat.

But which programs use this data? There is no information about that.

After I configured my Google Account, I supposed that I will be able to use Google Chat with Empathy, or that I will be able to access my Contacts and Calendar in Thunderbird.

But none of this is true. So, how does Ubuntu use the configured Google Accounts?

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    this is how ubuntu should be using the account setup. If its not working then it is a bug which you should add to launchpad
    – Allan
    Sep 5, 2011 at 22:33
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    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:00
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The idea is that those types of accounts should be configured in one place and then all other programs can get your identities. Your email clients, IM clients, VoIP, photo albums, etc.

Obviously, any tool must exist before applications can start to use it, so it's no surprise that many applications doesn't use this yet. I thought at least Empathy would use this now, though?


gnome-contacts uses Google Contacts if you set up an online account.

sudo apt-get install gnome-contacts

or click thisInstall Gnome Contacts


According to the Gnome 3.2 release notes.

Online Accounts

Documents, contacts, calendars — They can be stored locally on the computer, but storing this type of information online is becoming increasingly popular. In GNOME 3.2, Online Accounts provides one place to manage these online sources. These online accounts are automatically used by Documents, Contacts, Empathy, Evolution as well as the calendar drop-down.

Probably this features didn't make it to unity yet.

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