We've blogged about it endlessly of late - but now Ubuntu 11.10 users can finally try it out for themselves. What am I jabbering about? Empathy with Microsoft's newly-implemented MSN XMPP support...
Barely day after GNOME devs added it to Empathy, working MSN XMPP support has landed in Ubuntu 12.04. The feature allows stable connection to the MSN Network using the open standard XMPP service. The use of such a well supported standard should give Linux users a stable and consistent connection to what is one of the worlds largest IM networks. If you're already using Ubuntu 12.04 you'll find this update sliding down the update pipes very shortly.
Empathy users can look forward to native MSN XMPP in the version 3.3.2 of the popular chat app. The feature comes days after Microsoft announced connection to their millions-strong MSN messaging service via the popular open XMPP standard.
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-made variants are available - such as this 'Ambiance Adium Message Style' by franksouza18 3.
GNOME developer Raluca has been working on bringing the cool video effects from webcam app 'Cheese' over to Empathy's video chat window.
Gzap stopped by the OMG! Ubuntu! inbox to drop off a tip that unifies Skype and Empathy; by installing the pidgin-skype plugin from the Ubuntu Software Centre you can manage your Skype contacts from the buddy-list of Ubuntu's default IM client Emapthy.
Kiss goodbye to the telepathic blue twins: Instant messenger Empathy has had a logo-revamp.
Empathy 3.0 will finally include 'user blocking/unblocking ' - a feature long demanded by users of the multi-protocol chat application.
Audio call requests made via Empathy are to receive some long over due 'pimping' in Ubuntu 11.04. Here's a video of them in action.
Get Gwibber and Empathy to auto start on login.
When using my netbook I loathe having to use Empathy - or any instant messenger for that matter. But why?
GTalk Empathy users may have come across the following bug: – You change your status to ‘hidden’ but Empathy shows you as ‘Busy’ – this can lead to all manner of super embarrassing moments… "Hey […]