about empathy as the default IM application

Andrew Sayers andrew-ubuntu-devel at pileofstuff.org
Wed Jun 17 06:06:18 UTC 2009

I guess my previous message wasn't clear - I'm not making an argument 
here from personal preference, I'm trying to file a bug in Ubuntu 
itself.  Specifically, that dropping Pidgin will cause a regression in 
the user experience for migraters.

I'm also not arguing that migraters are incapable of learning new 
things, just that they shouldn't be asked to learn a new IM program at 
the same time as they're learning where their start menu went.  I would 
have no problem, for example, with asking updaters whether they wanted 
to switch to Empathy.

This decision was made at UDS with no input from, or output to, the 
wider community.  Brainstorm has never heard of Empathy, and I've never 
seen it get more than luke warm support on this list.  While I agree 
with UDS in general, saying "at UDS it was already decided that Empathy 
would ship with Karmic.... the decision has already been made for us" 
goes completely against the grain of open source development.

	- Andrew

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