Empathy strikes out for inclusion in Intrepid. Better luck next time?

Although it is old news to those that follow these things closely, Pidgin has retained its position as the default IM client for Intrepid. Even though people have been praising Empathy, the Desktop Team has decided to delay the switch until the next cycle.

For those that are interested in understanding such things, the Desktop team doesn’t just flip a coin on these issues.  In this case, the decision was made after a usability study was completed by Matthew Paul Thomas, aka MPT. Reading over the study, I can say that even though I am no fan of Pidgin I support the decision and hope that Empathy will be ready for prime time by 9.04 or 9.10.

Having a good unified IM client that actually works as advertised and can do everything the Windows IM clients can do will go a long way toward winning the hearts and minds of new users coming from Windows. Pidgin doesn’t quite qualify but for now its the best we have. So the decision to look into Empathy was a good call. Maybe it will push the Pigin team to polish and improve their product. There is nothing like a little competition to keep people on their toes.

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2 Responses to “Empathy strikes out for inclusion in Intrepid. Better luck next time?”


  1. 1 Tyrone September 11, 2008 at 6:02 am

    I wouldn’t bet on it. Pidgin team has publicly and repeatedly stated that they do not develop for any users, real or perceived, but only for themselves. Anything that ends up better in the eyes of the users are pure coincidence.

    I also hope that Empathy will come around soon enough, but also that “luck” has nothing to do with that. :) I agree on the decision though, Empathy is not even close to generally usable today, sadly. It’ll get there. :)

  2. 2 riffic September 12, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    your title is somewhat misleading.. Empathy will still be in the Universe repo, it just won’t make it to Main. Basically, it’ll be available for installation if users decide to install it, but not part of the default setup.


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