It has taken a long time coming. Google has announced that voice and video chat functionalities of Gtalk that was hitherto unavailable on Gmail when you were running Linux will now become available. To get started, users simply have to go ahead and download the tiny installer file and reload Gmail to start using the feature.
The Gtalk plugin for Gmail has existed on other platforms like Mac and PC for quite sometime now and it is not clear why it took so long for Google to make the feature available for the penguin lovers.
But here’s some spoilers though. The video chat application for Linux currently supports only Ubuntu and Debian based distros. RPM support is expected to launch soon.
It’s not clear if Google shall be releasing the source code though.