[sugar] Congrats to Telepathy
Benjamin M. Schwartz
Wed Sep 24 19:05:16 EDT 2008
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Congratulations are in order, I think, for the Telepathy developers. Gnome
2.24 was just released, and from
GNOME 2.24 announces the inclusion of an instant messaging client based
off the Telepathy communications framework.
Empathy also supports XMPP/SIP audio and video conferencing as available
on the Nokia N800/N810 devices (video requires H.263 codecs for GStreamer
to be installed). Empathy is a great companion to Ekiga, GNOME's
audio/video SIP client (see Section 2.3 ? Ekiga 3.0).
Telepathy provides a common framework for applications to access instant
messaging functionality. It can utilise many common protocols including
Jabber/XMPP, Google Talk, MSN Messenger and Apple's Bonjour/Rendezvous
local network chat.
Any application is able to utilise the instant messaging session. As well
as the Empathy client, GNOME 2.24 provides libraries enabling developers
to add presence and status information, transfer files or set up sockets
(known as Tubes) for collaboration and games over the Internet. See
Section 4.4 ? Instant Messaging Libraries for more information on how this
technology can be utilised in your application.
In other words, Telepathy is now a bona fide upstream project, and will
likely soon have many more non-Sugar users than Sugar users. This is good
news for us.
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