After testing Empathy I can say that it works amazingly nice, so why are we still including Skype in Fusion Linux?
One simple reason – there is no OSX and Windows version of Empathy. Skype is available on all platforms and most people who need VOIP communication already have Skype account and Skype installed on their Linux/OSX/Windows desktop.
Empathy is great if all of your friends are using Linux desktop. But there is no substitute for Skype if you want to talk with somebody who is not using Linux. Even most Linux users I met also use Skype, we even have a few people using Windows and OSX in our local Linux users group, not to mention that “regular” aka “non-geek” people don’t even use Linux so Empathy is not even an option for them.
I would love to see Skype plugin for Empathy, that would be just great but not sure if Silver Lake and Skype Limited would allow that.
After some more testing Empathy with Google Voice it worked just great. If more people had Google Voice instead Skype accounts Empathy could replace Skype.
Fusion LinuxFusion Linux is a completely free and open-source, Linux based operating system and a Fedora Remix. It is an installable Live DVD/USB image that includes multimedia functionality out of the box with added desktop tweaks for better usability and additional software. The Live image can be installed to your hard disk. Fusion Linux is 100% compatible with Fedora, and includes packages from Fedora and RPM Fusion software repositories with some additional custom packages.
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