This worked PERFECTLY! These instructions were linked to by a Google employee on the google help forums:
Google Voice And Video Chat Comes To Linux! ~ Web Upd8
mkdir goog; cd goog wget http://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-talkplugin_current_i386.deb ar vx google-talkplugin_current_i386.deb sudo tar xvzf data.tar.gz -C /
mkdir goog; cd goog wget http://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-talkplugin_current_amd64.deb ar vx google-talkplugin_current_amd64.deb sudo tar xvzf data.tar.gz -C /
Then restart Firefox.
For newbies or “non-expert” people:
- Open a terminal (Konsole) window.
NOTE: Do NOT log in as root for all this!
- In any folder where you are fine creating and extracting the google stuff, type that first line “mkdir goog;cd goog”.
NOTE: Technically, you can create a folder of any name. The “goog” name is not required. This folder will simply house the archive.
Continue typing each line in the code above, one at a time and hit return after each line
The “sudo…” line will ask for the root login, this is the only time root should be used.
After you restart firefox, in the Tools -> Addons -> Plugins tab, you’ll see google talk. And yes, it should now work!