Replace Pidgin with Empathy
Empathy ( http://
(If you'd like to give it a try, don't use the old version in the Hardy repos, look here: http://
The fact that Empathy uses Telepathy to manage all the different protocols it supports is what makes it so great. Why is it that Pidgin supports file transfers on AIM but not Jabber? Why can't i use VoIP to talk to my Google Talk friends?
The bottom line is that Empathy has been making much more progress and improving much faster than Pidgin thanks to Telepathy and including it in Ubuntu will only help the process along!
Empathy supports SIP protocol, so, I also can replace Ekiga !!! Currently Ubuntu has 2 instant messaging/VOIP clients - Pidgin and Ekiga, but Empathy is more user-friendly and even has more features, like VOIP with Google Talk (XMPP/Jabber) than Pidgin and Ekiga !!!
Usability evaluation: https:/
Fedora 12 plans to replace pidgin with empathy too: https:/