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Gmail Voice and Video Chat: now on Linux

Google released its voice and video chat plugin for linux. This is long awaited and now much cherished by linux lovers.

However, my first hand experience was a little let down. My browser crashed a few times, and the calls dropped with crashes. I realised it had to get a system restart before it could work well. I only tried audio call, given there is no web cam on my desktop. I dont see any problems now, hopefully it will stay that way.

Will update this post if this change.

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