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After switching to linux, one thing i miss is something called phonetray, which displayed caller ID to my screen. I wondered if there is a way for Linux to do something similar.

I found a blog discussing NCID and call blocking here.

Is there a way to use NCID and have the caller ID display for a brief time on screen?

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Yes.

linux-caller-id listens to what's coming from a modem on the landline receiving the call. It requires the installation of libQtCore4 and libQtGui4, a la sudo apt-get install libQtCore4 libQtGui4 before it can be added to your system.

If you are receiving calls on a cellphone, you can add Pushbullet to numerous browsers (Chrome, Chromium, Firefox, and Opera) to get an onscreen pop-up with the caller ID data. And, if you have an Android phone, you can add an app on it to block identified spammeristas, which has worked well for me.

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was able to make linux-caller-id function in Mint 19.1 by adding libqtcore4:i386 and libqtgui4:i386 in addition to libqtcore4 and libqtgui4. Don't forget to make the downloaded file executable in properties/permissions

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The contents of Raspberry Pi Telephone Number Blocker -- Murphy 101 Blog that you link to is quite old. The software in that article is NCID - Network Caller ID and continues to be updated. It will do what you're looking for.

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I found the below linux-caller-id and if it worked it would be perfect for my needs. But, it doesn't work under Mint 19, and there's no make in the source. Sigh.

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