Call for testing empathy

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Mon Aug 11 12:43:05 UTC 2008

On Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 10:12:57PM +0200, Laurent Bigonville wrote:
> 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.
> Empathy consists of a rich set of reusable instant messaging widgets,
> and a GNOME client using those widgets. It uses Telepathy and Nokia's
> Mission Control, and reuses Gossip's UI. The main goal is to permit
> desktop integration by providing libempathy and libempathy-gtk
> libraries. libempathy-gtk is a set of powerful widgets that can be
> embeded into any GNOME application.
> The Telepathy[4] project is building a unified framework for many
> different kinds of real-time communications. It uses the D-Bus
> messaging system to provide a simple interface for client applications,
> allowing them to quickly take advantage of Telepathy's benefits.
> Telepathy supports XMPP(jabber), MSN, ICQ, SIP, ...

I installed it and selected Applications->Internet->Empathy.  Nothing
happened, except for the appearance of an icon in the notification area,
which, if I were not familiar with this misbehavior from certain other
applications, would have gone completely unnoticed.

Surely it should display a window the first time it is run?

 - mdz

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