Please find my original here.
It’s been awhile since I’ve spoke on this topic, but I’ve started using Empathy for my day-to-day messenger. Besides being integrated with Gnome, it works very well with the “indicator applet”. I went back to Pidgin initially, but I found that it crashed every once in a while, especially if I hid it.
I still miss my meta-contacts. I do hope that Empathy implements meta-contacts by Lucid. This will be a great addition to this program.
This bug has been opened on launchpad. This bug has been filed on Gnome’s Bugzilla page. The various devs do know about it, and I think if users are vocal enough, metacontacts will be in a future version, or at least the option to have metacontacts.
I want to see how this project develops. I still like Pidgin, but I’m going to wait til the indicator applet matures before using Pidgin with it, especially considering my crashes.