Call for testing empathy

Jo-Erlend Schinstad joerlend.schinstad at
Tue Aug 19 13:31:16 BST 2008

2008/8/8 Laurent Bigonville <bigon at>

> Hello everyone,
> Empathy[1] will be part of the upcoming GNOME 2.24 desktop.
> The ubuntu desktop team considers using it instead of Pidgin for
> intrepid as default IM client. If you are running intrepid, please give
> empathy a test and report bugs to launchpad[2]. It may be installed by
> running synaptic and installing the empathy package or by running
> "sudo apt-get install empathy".
> If you experiment a bug have a look at [3] before reporting.

With all due respect, that's a very, very bad idea. I didn't have very
high expectations when I first installed it to try it out.I think Pidgin
does an excellent job, and that it would take a very strong argument
for it to be replaced at all. However, I still felt disappointed. The GUI
felt awkward, it seemed to be missing a lot of features compared to
Pidgin. What surprised me the most, though, was that it wasn't even
in main!

I think the project is on the right track. It has some interesting
proposals, and in the future, I'm sure it's features will make it a good
replacement for Pidgin, but not yet. By all means, promote it to main
and make it available to the mainstream users, but _please_ don't
replace Pidgin with this in Intrepid. It's way too soon.

Jo-Erlend Schinstad
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