Empathy 3.12.7

An instant messaging program that supports all the modern features found in today's IM clients
Empathy is an open source instant messaging client application that provides users with support for text, voice, and video chat (with file transfers) through a multitude of protocols. It integrates well with the GNOME and Unity desktop environments.

The application uses the open source Telepathy communications framework and features a graphical user interface (GUI) based on the Gossip instant messaging client for UNIX-like operating systems.

It is popularly known as the default chat and IRC client of the GNOME desktop environment, with which integrates very well. In addition, several well known Linux distributions use Empathy as their default IM application, including Ubuntu.

The software runs only on the Linux platform and provides users with a modern and multi-protocol instant messenger that supports the Jabber/XMPP, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, AIM, Gadu-Gadu, GroupWise, ICQ, IRC (Internet Relay Chat), Windows Live (MSN), Mxit, Myspace, SIP, Yahoo!, Yahoo! Japan, and Zephyr IM protocols.

It also includes support for a serverless communication service called People Nearby, which enables users to easily communicate with each other without having to connect to a specific instant messaging server.

All the IM protocols supported by the popular Pidgin IM client are also available in Empathy through the libpurple library. It allows users to transfer files on the XMPP/Jabber protocols and local networks, as well as to make voice and video call using the SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) and Google Talk protocols.

Additionally, the software allows users to view and share their current location, log conversations, create private and group chats, and supports collaborative applications.

If you use GNOME, clicking on the panel entry will give you quick access to contacts, rooms, file transfers, previous conversations, accounts, and the app’s main preferences dialog, from where users can enable spell checking, GPS locations, echo cancellation for voice calls, and sounds, as well as to change the theme.

Overall, Empathy is a good instant messaging client for Linux-based operating system that use the GNOME desktop environment. Otherwise, you can use the open source Pidgin application.

Reviewed by on March 17th, 2014


last updated on:
October 14th, 2014, 12:41 GMT
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developed by:
Xavier Claessens
homepage:
live.gnome.org
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
category:
ROOT \ Communications \ Chat

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What's New in This Release:
  • Translations:
  • Updated bg Translation (Krasimir Chonov)
  • Updated bn_IN Translation (Saibal Ray)
  • Updated el Translation (Maria Mavridou)
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Empathy is an open source IM (Instant Messaging) client for the GNOME desktop environment and various modern...

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