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Pidgin vs. Empathy: Feature Comparison

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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.

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