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Ubuntu Ambiance Style Empathy Messaging Theme

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One of the great features of Ubuntu’s default instant messaging application ‘Empathy’ is the support for ‘Adium Message Styles’.

These let you theme your messaging window in a variety of ways. The only draw back is that most of the ready-made Message Styles available online are made for Adium (the Mac OS X version of ‘Pidgin’) and don’t always work well in Empathy on Linux.

But Linux-madevariantsare available – such as this ‘Ambiance Adium Message Style’ byfranksouza183.

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Extract the .tar.gz archive that you downloaded above and move the folder inside to:


You will need to press CTRL+H to reveal hidden folders.

If the ‘adium’ and ‘message-styles’ folders aren’t already presentyou will need to create them (right-click > create folder)

After this just enable ‘Ambiance Message Style‘ from the ‘Themes‘ tab in Empathy’s Preferences.