Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Pidgin vs. Empathy: Feature Comparison

Filed under
Software

The decision to replace Pidgin with Empathy in Ubuntu 9.10 has not been without controversy, or second thoughts on the part of Ubuntu developers. Much of the discontent centers around concerns that Empathy does not yet offer the features to compete with Pidgin. With this in mind, I took a look at how Pidgin and Empathy line up when it comes to delivering the functionality that most people look for in an instant-messaging client. Here are the results.

For my tests, I booted to Ubuntu 9.10 alpha 5 and installed Pidgin (version 2.6.2) from the Ubuntu repositories. Empathy, of course, was installed by default, with version 2.27.91.1 as the current build.

Although it’s still possible that there will be minor changes to the two applications before Karmic’s final release, the feature sets available in the alpha build likely represent everything users can expect in October.

rest here




More in Tux Machines

Arch Linux – Kde Plasma 5.3 stable is finally available for installation

Great news for Arch Linux users! From a few minutes, Kde Plasma 5.3 stable packages are officially available on Arch Linux repositories. In fact, after running the pacman -Syu command I finally noticed, listed on my terminal, the new packages of Plasma 5.3.0 with all the relative dependencies. Read more

Linux 4.1-rc2

So the -rc2's have lately been pretty small - looking more like late -rc's than early ones. It *used* to be that I couldn't even post the shortlog, because it was just too big. That's not been the case for the last few releases. I think people tend to take a breather after the merge window, because the -rc3's tend to then be a bit bigger again. But it may just also be that I've just gotten much better at saying "the merge window is over, I'm not taking random stragglers", or that people are just getting better at keeping to the merge window. Whatever the reason, the time of huge -rc2's seems to be happily behind us. Read more

GNOME 3.17.1 released

Hi GNOMErs! The development of the next GNOME release, 3.17, has started, and the first snapshot, 3.17.1, is now available. To compile GNOME 3.17.1, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2] (which use the exact tarball versions from the official release). [1] http://library.gnome.org/devel/jhbuild/ [2] http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.17.1/ The release notes that describe the changes between 3.16.1 and 3.17.1 are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release: core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.1/NEWS apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.1/NEWS The GNOME 3.17.1 release is available here: core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.1 apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.1 Read more