Empathy is not in line with the much discussed guidelines
ciancia at di.unipi.it
Tue Jun 23 15:30:34 UTC 2009
[CC-ing ayatana, if this is wrong just tell me]
Today I tried empathy on my karmic testing system. Here are the scores.
The last part IS VERY IMPORTANT please read it too. Don't thake my
comments as angry, I'm just in a hurry.
+1 The first time I launch it, it offers me to import accounts from
pidgin. Very good
-1 It crashes immediately later
0 I restart it and it does not crash, so that I can't report it
-1 It does not allow me to open any kind of chat, it says something
related to EMPATHY_IS_CONTACT(contact) failed
+1 I close it, reopen, and it starts working. This should be 0, as it
is already supposed to work, but I want to be nice on it.
-1 I receive a notification that the IRC bot has recognised me. Please
find a way to avoid this! Pidgin has a couple of plugins to handle the
"rough corners of IRC" and at least identification MUST be done properly
(it should not need any plugin in principle).
THE IMPORTANT PART
-1 It flashes the notification area. THIS IS FORBIDDEN. Update notifier
can not do that. Why should empathy do that? This must be fixed.
-1 It does NOT OPEN A POPUP on new messages. When the infamous
update-notifier popup was decided, it was argued that pidgin already did
that. I am a pop-up hater and the IM client is the only exception. In
fact, for IM a pop-up may be desired. This is because if I start the IM
client chances are I *want* to be disturbed and if a contact calls me I
*want* to interact immediately. So ehm, I know it should not come from
me but can we have the popup back?
The last 2 behaviours SHOULD BE opt-in for those who love them, of
it can do better with very little effort :) Now testing it properly and
will report bugs.
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