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I wanted to provide some brief instructions on installing the Blink SIP client on Linux since it is useful for running the Secure Calling Tutorial.

How to install Blink on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

Install some dependencies

  1. *Get latest Python 2.X
  2. Setup repo from here:

  3. In your terminal, run the following commands

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install python-sipsimple python-gnutls python-eventlib python-application python-cjson python-eventlet python-qt4 python-twisted-core python-zope.interface

If you have issues see:

  1. Download Blink source code from
  2. In your terminal, extract the tar.gz file contents to a folder and then cd to that folder in the terminal
  3. Change directory into the Blink folder and run sudo python install

    [email protected]:/usr/src/blink-0.6.0# sudo python install
    running install
    running build
    running build_py
    running build_scripts
    running install_lib
    running install_scripts
    changing mode of /usr/local/bin/blink to 755
    running install_data
    running install_egg_info
    Removing /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blink-0.6.0.egg-info
    Writing /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/blink-0.6.0.egg-info

Run Blink!

  1. From the command line, run Blink by executing blink.

    [email protected]:/usr/src/blink-0.6.0# blink
    using set_wakeup_fd
    "sni-qt/6493" WARN  08:11:15.444 void StatusNotifierItemFactory::connectToSnw() Invalid interface to SNW_SERVICE 
  2. Blink should launch and show up within your graphical desktop.



Blink doesn't appear to support call forwarding or call transfers, so don't expect to do anything too fancy!

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