Recently, Google added a cool feature to Gmail. Now you can make international phone calls, i.e. you can call fix and mobile numbers too. In the US and Canada it’s FREE, and you can make international calls for a very low price. For instance, I can call Hungary from Canada for 0.02 CAD. Pas cher ! :) More info here. International calling rates here.
How to have it? First, you must enable it in Gmail in Settings -> Chat. Here next to Call Phones choose “Enable”. Then, in the bottom left corner a new link should appear that says “Call phone”. When you click on it, you will be asked to install a plugin. I tried it under Ubuntu and Windows, works fine.
I also had 0.10 CAD on my account which gave me 5 minutes of talk. If you like the feature, you can add credit to your account. Actually, I use it together with Skype. If somebody is not online, I call him on his fix/mobile number and ask him to start Skype. If he’s OK, we can continue the conversation on Skype for free.1
1Note that the masculine gender has been used for simplicity only ;)
In Ubuntu 10.10, Software Centre (under Applications) became even better. Under Get Software -> Canonical Partners, you can find lots of goodies, e.g.
- Adobe Reader
- Adobe Flash Player plugin
- Adobe Air
- Sun Java (JDK, JRE, Java plug-in, Java DB, etc.)
- UltraEdit (30-day trial)
Since Ubuntu 10.04, Skype is in the Canonical partner repository. All you have to do is start Software Sources (under System -> Administration) and enable “Canonical Partners” under the tab Other Software. Then:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skype
More info here.
Under Ubuntu 10.10 Software Sources is not anymore in System -> Administration. They moved it into Ubuntu Software Centre (under Applications). If you still want the good old Software Sources, you have these options:
- Launch it from the command line (
- Put it back under System -> Administration. Right click on the System menu, select “Edit menus” and scroll down to “Administration” and check the box next to “Software Sources”. This tip is from here.