Call for testing empathy

Bryan Quigley gquigs at
Tue Aug 19 16:33:56 BST 2008

I liked the interface slightly more than pidgin's (the away icons rock).
But agree, that it might be to quick, Pidgin has a lot of functionality.
One that I use (and currently is shipping by default) is off the record

It appears to me that Empathy could eventually replace both Pidgin and
Ekiga.  I don't currently use Ekiga, but can anyone tell me how close
Empathy is to being comparable?  If it can replace Ekiga, perhaps it could
do that for Intrepid and leave Pidgin alone for now?
-Bryan Quigley

On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 8:31 AM, Jo-Erlend Schinstad <
joerlend.schinstad at> wrote:

> 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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