Re: Module proposal: Empathy for GNOME 2.22

On 9/23/07, Olav Vitters <olav bkor dhs org> wrote:
> today. Are we going to help Empathy with it's effort to some day offer a
> point-for-point feature match? That's what we are discussing.

I don't believe this is what is meant with joining the GNOME project. It
is not that we do a 'oh, lets reassign some persons from $PROJECT to

I agree with your statement about developer allocation. But that's not what I mean. Inclusion in the official Gnome suite adds a certain level of additional credibility to a project. And while this is always good for the project in question, in this case, we would publicly be encouraging the fragmentation of the de facto Gnome desktop IM space.

Would the benefits of telepathy over libpurple outweigh the damage done to community coherancy? At this point, it seems that it would have a net negative effect on end user experience over the course of the next 2-3 years in the sense that two integratable IM projects would have competing teams of folks working on integrating said applications with the Gnome deskop applications.

In practice, this means more work for module maintainers who have to accept patches from two different IM projects.

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