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Ubuntu Linux® For Dummies® by Paul G. Sery

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Chapter 17. Telephonic Ubuntu

In This Chapter

  • Setting up an Ekiga account and client

  • Finding phone numbers and determining availability

  • Calling a PC and chatting

  • Establishing a PC‐to‐phone account

The Internet connects us all. Over the last decade, we've learned to use the Internet to conduct business, gather and disseminate information via the Web, and communicate directly using e‐mail and instant messaging.

The next step is to start using the Internet to communicate. Ubuntu provides just such a tool, called Ekiga. Ekiga gives you the ability to talk, text message, and conduct video conferences with other people over the Internet.

Ekiga used to be called GnomeMeeting.

This chapter shows how to configure and use Ekiga to talk with other Ekiga clients. You also learn how to use Ekiga to talk to people with hard‐wired telephones and cellphones.

Ekiga video conferencing is beyond the scope of this book.

Configuring Ekiga

Ekiga is an Internet‐based service that requires you to

  • Sign up for an Ekiga account on the Internet.

  • Set up the Ekiga client (software) on your Ubuntu computer.

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