View Poll Results: Pidgin or Empathy?

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    19 18.81%
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Thread: EPIC BATTLE ROUND 1: Pidgin vs. Empathy

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    EPIC BATTLE ROUND 1: Pidgin vs. Empathy

    Who wins in your opinion? Empathy integrates with Gnome well and supposedly has voice, but Pidgin has plugins out the wazoo and is cross platform, and more established.

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    Re: EPIC BATTLE ROUND 1: Pidgin vs. Empathy

    Pidgin for me:
    I don't use GNOME, and I use Skype for A/V chats.
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    Re: EPIC BATTLE ROUND 1: Pidgin vs. Empathy

    As I use neither, has someone got a comprehensive run-down of features?

    I vote Emesene.

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    Re: EPIC BATTLE ROUND 1: Pidgin vs. Empathy

    I use Emesene too. But when it comes to Pidgin and Empathy, I think that Pidgin is currently better... for example, I can install a smiley theme for it that has specific sets of smileys for each IM network. But I can't understand why multiprotocol IM programs don't include such smiley themes by default, and instead they have a single theme for all protocols... it just makes no sense at all.

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    Re: EPIC BATTLE ROUND 1: Pidgin vs. Empathy

    Quote Originally Posted by Starlight View Post
    But I can't understand why multiprotocol IM programs don't include such smiley themes by default, and instead they have a single theme for all protocols... it just makes no sense at all.
    Because the default emoticons from each IM client probably aren't under a GPL-compatible license.

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    Re: EPIC BATTLE ROUND 1: Pidgin vs. Empathy

    Quote Originally Posted by etnlIcarus View Post
    Because the default emoticons from each IM client probably aren't under a GPL-compatible license.
    Yes... but there are smiley themes which are GPL-ed (I think) and they are made to be similar to the official smiley sets. I think that the one in emesene is like that.... or am I wrong?

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    Re: EPIC BATTLE ROUND 1: Pidgin vs. Empathy

    I dunno, I don't pay much attention to emoticons - unless is that custom animated one of the two bulldogs doing it I use to scare off newbs.

    Think Emensene uses the same ones as Pidgin.

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    Re: EPIC BATTLE ROUND 1: Pidgin vs. Empathy

    Empathy long term, integration and what it offers in terms of allowing networking with buddies will be a winning combination. I use it for all my GoogleTalk needs and once it does webcams in msn it will replace amsn as well (which is a truly ugly application, not to mention unstable).
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    Re: EPIC BATTLE ROUND 1: Pidgin vs. Empathy

    Quote Originally Posted by etnlIcarus View Post
    I dunno, I don't pay much attention to emoticons - unless is that custom animated one of the two bulldogs doing it I use to scare off newbs.

    Think Emensene uses the same ones as Pidgin.
    Hmm... maybe it does. I haven't actually tried MSN in Pidgin, only other protocols, and I remember I had to download the right smiley themes from gnome-look. Otherwise there were only a few basic smileys on the list, that had nothing to do with the smileys actually used in these protocols...

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    Re: EPIC BATTLE ROUND 1: Pidgin vs. Empathy

    Pidgin is my favorite, and works good for me. Except for my Yahoo account, which no longer works.

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