Originally Posted by Randicus Draco Albus
I believe the concern is specifically about PPSstream and QQ. I do not know how wide-spread QQ is outside China, but it is the thing here. People do not ask for an email address. The first thing they ask for is one's QQ number. I have never used it, but it woud appear to be an on-line chat service. (I believe it is a Chinese doom-hicky, but do not take my word for it.)
Since QQ (I do know what PPStream is) is an application, as long as Chinese is enabled, it will work. If it requires installing a package, that may be a different matter.
PPS is a p2p video application. And yeah, QQ is basically just a chat program, along the lines of skype.
It turns out that both PPS and QQ linux clients suck. The official QQ linux client has not been updated since 2009, and as a result it does not work with the current QQ protocol which was changed drastically in 2011 as I understand it. It prints out a message that says the application "should be updated soon" (in English, everything else is Chinese). Same deal with the unofficial and opensource GTK QQ client, and the opensource pidgin plugin, so she is stuck using webQQ until I find a solution. I did open my own QQ account so I can test solutions on my machine. The webQQ works great except that I haven't yet successfully set up pinyin input that works with the web browser. Also, the video chat worked after manually adding a rule to allow flash to use the camera, but it wouldn't send her audio through, although I confirmed that her microphone was working properly.
PPS installed fine, but complained about it needing mplayer which wasn't set as a dependency for PPS, however, PPS started successfully after install. I didn't try playing a video. I shut it down and installed mplayer, and then PPS refused to start again, giving me a segfault message, I tried PPStream --help from the command line to see if there were any command line options that I could try, and there aren't and it just tried to open normally, however, to my surprise, it didn't segfault, and videos started to play, however, the left side panel menu is non-functional (which is where you find all the videos), however, somehow my gf still seems to find the videos she wants to watch, although it doesn't change the fact that its a crappy client.
I read that I can fix some of the problems by installing an older version of PPS, but I haven't tried yet.
So basically, I should have checked to see if the software actually usable and not just installable/runnable.
As for the desktop image, I used an overhead shot of shanghai at night, although she didn't recognize it as shanghai.
So, anybody have a solution for QQ2011+ under linux?
Or know why the Microphone won't work in WebQQ (web2.qq.com)?
Oh, by the way, I installed Fuduntu on her machine, she actually had a spare partition already allocated, so I didn't even have to mess with her existing system. She now has a dual-boot Fuduntu/WindowsXP machine.