about empathy as the default IM application
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.
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