Can Pidgin 2.6(.1) replace Empathy for Karmic now?

Jono Bacon jono at
Thu Aug 20 15:58:04 BST 2009

On 08/20/2009 06:54 AM, Ken VanDine wrote:
> Thanks for bringing this up, however let me point out the primary
> benefit of switching to empathy wasn't actually voice or video.  The
> real gain is the incredibly powerful telepathy framework.  Which is a
> huge win for the desktop.  It isn't really just about which IM client
> (pidgin is certainly mature and rich), it is about creating a truly
> collaborative desktop.
Absolutely, but while Empathy is certainly the future, and Telepathy is 
a stunning framework, in terms of user-facing features, Empathy seems to 
be less mature for the primary use cases that we are focusing on and 
buggy in audio/video. It just strikes me that Empathy needs to bake 
longer and needs more testing and debugging. It reminds me of similar 
issues with GStreamer when that came out: it took a little while to get 
some testing under it's belt before it could be shipped.


Jono Bacon
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