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Re: default messaging/VoIP client for Debian 8/Jessie

Le lundi 31 mars 2014 à 12:37 +0200, Daniel Pocock a écrit : 
> Just to clarify, it is not mandatory to install any of Empathy at all
> when installing a GNOME desktop and the whole of Empathy could be left
> out if GNOME is the desktop and another client (like Jitsi or Pidgin)
> was preferred by the Debian community?

You can use any software you like with GNOME. But AFAIK only Empathy is
based on Telepathy, which means only Empathy gets integration with
GNOME. Only Telepathy accounts will be started up automatically and
their conversations integrated in the shell.

I agree that Empathy lacks things as a SIP client. But I strongly
disagree with the idea of moving away from it as the default IM client
for GNOME. If SIP support in Empathy is not ready for jessie, we can
still remove the SIP parts and let the user install a SIP client of her

> If developers were keen to help and spend time in this area, would it be
> better to spend that effort on getting Jitsi (or another softphone) to
> work more smoothly within GNOME or to get Empathy to fill in the gaps
> discussed in this email or something else?

Improving the state of the SIP Telepathy stack is definitely the best
way to go for our users. But back in squeeze, such a thing did not exist
and we shipped a different client by default for SIP.

I would definitely object to shipping one based on Java, though, unless
it can work with GCJ.

 .''`.        Josselin Mouette
: :' :
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