Call for testing empathy

Danny Piccirillo danny.piccirillo at
Thu Aug 14 16:19:15 UTC 2008

I think Empathy is perfectly stable at this point, but doesn't have quite as
many features as pidgin (file transfers and meta-contacts although file
transfers should be ready really soon). It makes up for it with other things
though. Voice and video, it does support all the protocols pidgin does,
better integration, and the missing features are not far away. I've been
using it exclusively for the past couple months and i don't think i could
switch back. I think including this in Ubuntu now will lead to a better
Ubuntu sooner (for those that are worried it isn't quite ready yet). I mean,
Empathy works great as a multi-protocol char client (in my opinion) and i
don't think any more users will be put off by it than by pidgin. People who
like pidgin better can still easily install it. Sure, they can do that with
Empathy, but including it is moving towards a better desktop faster. It will
get integrated at some point, and i think it would be better in the long
term to do that now (i also think it would be better in the short term but
hopefully those that don't think so can at least agree on this).

On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 11:03 AM, Luke L <lukehasnoname at> wrote:

> Here's my other thought: I personally don't have Intrepid to test this
> software out. Hardy doesn't have a functioning version (without going into
> PPA and manual setup, which is not what most people will do). Jumping
> straight into having it replace Pidgin might be hasty. Consider getting a
> stable program in the OS for a release before making it default.
> I am admittedly ignorant as to how stable Empathy and its extensions are.
> Since several others and myself have never /heard/ of it before, I assume
> it's a relatively new project.
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