Empathy - A Linux chat and video chat program


Empathy for Linux is an instant messaging program that supports text, voice, video and file transfers. The program has been included in the desktop environment Gnome since version 2.24, and has replaced Pidgin as instant messenger client in the Linux variants Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12.
Empathy was created by creating a branch of the Gossip project, started by Michael Hallendal, Richard Hult and later maintained by Martyn Russell.
The reason for the creation of Empathy was disagreements between contributors of the backend at that time. It was originally entirely XMPP-based (similar to Google Talk and Facebook's chat implementations), but others wanted it to use the telepathy character. This led to a new branch of the software and a new name Empathy.

Latest version at the time of writing: 3.12.12, 13th May, 2016
Current features:

  • Multi-protocol: Google Talk (Jabber / XMPP), MSN, IRC, Salut, AIM, Facebook, Yahoo !, Gadu Gadu, Groupwise, ICQ and QQ. (Supported protocols depend on installed components for Telepathy Connection Manager.) Supports all protocols supported by Pidgin.
  • File transfer for XMPP and local networks.
  • Voice and video calls with SIP, XMPP, and Google Talk.
  • Some IRC support.
  • Conversation theme (see list of supported Adium themes).
  • Share and view location information.
  • Private and group chat (with smileys and spell checking).
  • Conversation Logging.
  • Auto gone and expanded presence.
  • Automatic re-connection with Network Manager.
  • Python bindings for libempathy and libempathy-gtk
  • Support for cooperation applications ("Tubes").

 Size: 58MB

How to install:

sudo apt-get install empathy

Press Enter, done.

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