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    Video chat deal breaker

    Hi all,
    I'm not a complete newbie, but I have been out of the Linux loop for a while, but I am eager to give it another go.

    I've been doing my research to knock down those barriers that are stopping me from making the switch, and it seems that only one remains for me to overcome:
    Video chatting on the MSN protocol.

    I used to be able to do so on Empathy at one time, but from what I can gather, the feature is broken at present, or at least, it was back in November of '11, and I can't seem to find any recent information on the availability of this feature with other clients.

    Being able to video chat in MSN is probably the TOP of my list of priorities, given that the majority of people I interact with online use it, and won't consider switching to Skype or anything else for that matter, and an easy 60% of my day is taken up by MSN video/voice interactions. So it is kind of a deal breaker for me.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction? I intend to use 12.04 (64-bit) when it is released. I just need a stable, reliable method of conducting a straightforward MSN video and voice chat?

    Thank you in advance for your assistance

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    Re: Video chat deal breaker

    I just need a stable, reliable method of conducting a straightforward MSN video and voice chat?
    Dual boot

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    Re: Video chat deal breaker

    You could try an instance of windows in virtualbox, see if you could get that to work for you. That is what I have to do when runing specialist applications in work that are designed for windows.

    This way also gives you the option of slowly weaning yourself off your windows applications when making the switch to Linux. And when you get fedup and frustrated with windows you can just shut it down without having the added frustration of rebooting.

    If you do duel boot I understand you can boot your windows partition using virtualbox whalst booted in Linux, this might present a problem with 'windows activation', I did not take this any further as I did not want to wast any more of my life try to make windows do what i wanted it to do and not what it wanted to do, however if you could get it to work you would have the option of both a duel boot and a virtual machine of the same instance. (Which I thought was pretty cool!)

    Good luck

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    Re: Video chat deal breaker

    Quote Originally Posted by Ceiber Boy View Post
    You could try an instance of windows in virtualbox, see if you could get that to work for you. That is what I have to do when runing specialist applications in work that are designed for windows.

    This way also gives you the option of slowly weaning yourself off your windows applications when making the switch to Linux. And when you get fedup and frustrated with windows you can just shut it down without having the added frustration of rebooting.

    If you do duel boot I understand you can boot your windows partition using virtualbox whalst booted in Linux, this might present a problem with 'windows activation', I did not take this any further as I did not want to wast any more of my life try to make windows do what i wanted it to do and not what it wanted to do, however if you could get it to work you would have the option of both a duel boot and a virtual machine of the same instance. (Which I thought was pretty cool!)

    Good luck
    I'm sure it.s Dual
    Last edited by Gremlinzzz; April 23rd, 2012 at 05:24 AM.

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    Re: Video chat deal breaker

    I haven't used anything MSN (chat, search, email, ...) for ages, really ages, but if I need to run a windows programme, usually wine does it for me, I don't know if MSN messenger or whatever its name is, runs under wine or not, but give it a try.

    Seems there's another solution though: http://www.amsn-project.net/index.php

    cheers

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    Re: Video chat deal breaker

    if someone is useing microsoft specific programmes and they are deal breaker then it seems to me windows is the way to go. microsoft programmes usually run well on windows.

    aMSN is the alternative, though i am not sure how good it it as i never used either. MSN was a huge security hole...
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
    User friendly disk backup: Redobackup

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    Re: Video chat deal breaker

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    if someone is useing microsoft specific programmes and they are deal breaker then it seems to me windows is the way to go. microsoft programmes usually run well on windows.

    aMSN is the alternative, though i am not sure how good it it as i never used either. MSN was a huge security hole...
    Well, for me, using MSN is just a necessary evil. I could take it or leave it. The problem is that most of the people I have to keep in touch with WILL NOT budge. I'm not a fan of windows, and the only reason I seem to have to keep using it is the fact that I do NEED the MSN video/audio functionality. Otherwise, I could quite happily use Skype or whatever.

    I will look into aMSN. Thanks for everyone's input.

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