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Old 12-30-2009, 11:51 AM   #1
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Talking Installing Magic Jack on Ubuntu 9.10.


Hi, before anyone answers this I want to say that I am a REAL NEWBIE. In other words, I was reading some of the forums and someone would say to go to something and I am lost from the beginning. I have just Found the Synaptic Manager, the software sources, and the Ubuntu Software Center. But I still do not quite under stand which one I will find what in. I am also trying to understand the Terminal. So that is how New I am. So Problem is that I had been running windows XP and I switched to UBUNTU. I had recently purchased Magic Jack Just Before I switched and now I haven't been able to get my magic jack to work with my UBUNTU 9.10 OS. I have gotten as far as getting it installed by downloading wine and installing it through that. I now get a dial tone but still am unable to dial out from the phone it self or from the desktop. I am wondering what I am missing here. Does anyone have any answers???? I also have a lot of other questions but I am sure I need to take them one at a time. Thanks To all in advance for your help.
 
Old 12-30-2009, 01:14 PM   #2
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From what I can see the 'Magicjack' is just some kind of propitiatory USB FXS/ATA device which is not shown as compatible with Linux. I'm guessing there is a (Windows) based software/driver element to it as well.

The crux of it {and this is an educated guess} is it may be possible to get the hardware to work, but I'd be very surprised if there is a Linux software solution for this specific device. I'm not familiar with it myself, but I'm guessing it's tied to a supplier - whom you may just be able to use without the device by defining the account in Ekiga or similar?

Looking at the Ubuntu forums I see:
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Short answer: Does not work under Wine/native Linux.

Longer answer: It will work fine if attached to a Windows XP under Ubuntu.

The Good news: Magicjack has said the plan to add official Linux drivers/support sometime first quarter 2010
Mind you, I'd dump that and get a PAP2 personally. You can hook that up to a choice of low cost/free VoIP suppliers in the USA/UK. (Sipgate.com / sipgate.co.uk for one example) and it does not require your PC/Laptop to be on to use it. Good luck and welcome to the big wide wonderful world of Linux :-)

Side note: Ekiga is really useful to UK folk wanting to make *free* 1-800 calls in the USA by using: *850<1800_number>@ekiga.net example: sip:*85018005032899@ekiga.net
 
Old 12-31-2009, 11:36 PM   #3
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Question Installing Magic Jack on Ubuntu !!

Thanks for the reply, I appreciate it. I am curious though. What is PAP2 ?? Magic Jack is a home phone service that runs off your PC through the internet. You by at any as seen on tv store including walmart for 40 dollars or less and it gives a years worth of home phone service without the monthly bills. It includes Long distance calling, three way, caller id, etc...... Any way, is PAP2 similar to that?? And if so Where do I find it??
 
Old 03-04-2010, 04:53 PM   #4
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I've been waiting for MagicJack Linux support so I can cross over to Linux on my home office computer. My office is in my shop and that's the only phone in there! The metal building blocks my cell phone pretty good since I already have a weak signal out where I live (in the sticks!). I got on their support chat today and asked. The person on the other end could only tell me that they are still waiting on the engineers to let them know Linux is supported. About what I expected, really. Sure would make a difference if everyone with a MJ already would get on the live support chat and ask the same question! If the program were in something like Java it could be easily made to run a long time ago.
 
Old 03-04-2010, 05:01 PM   #5
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I've been waiting for MagicJack Linux support so I can cross over to Linux on my home office computer. My office is in my shop and that's the only phone in there! The metal building blocks my cell phone pretty good since I already have a weak signal out where I live (in the sticks!). I got on their support chat today and asked. The person on the other end could only tell me that they are still waiting on the engineers to let them know Linux is supported. About what I expected, really. Sure would make a difference if everyone with a MJ already would get on the live support chat and ask the same question! If the program were in something like Java it could be easily made to run a long time ago.
Read the Magic Jack EULA closely, before you get excited about it:
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/02/23...ials-wron.html

In short, to use their service (that you PAY FOR), you agree to have ads shoved down your throat, have them monitor/track your calls (ostensibly to target the ads to you and your location), etc.

I pay for Skype, and have a phone # that works anywhere there's WiFi, including on my iPhone, for about $3 a month. And I get no ads, video calling, and other kinda-nice features. And while the Linux support isn't great, it's not bad either, and is supported right now.
 
Old 03-04-2010, 08:08 PM   #6
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Seems there are plenty of people working on it.

Wonder if one could do the same trick that was applied to Adobe CS. You install CS on xp and then copy the files and registry over to a wine install on linux.

Looks like virtual machines are the way to go.

http://www.magicjacksupport.com/i-fi...nux-t6952.html

http://www.magicjacksupport.com/magi...nux-t8566.html

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