It took me some time but I’ve finally managed to integrate msn-pecan to my N900 thanks to telepathy-haze and telepathy-extras. I haven’t really been using WLM for a while but I think that’s about to change 😀
Why telepathy-msn-pecan when there’s telepathy-butterfly and telepathy-haze+libpurple? Well, each one of those have some limitations. telepathy-butterfly will depend on pymsn, which will depend on python, plus a bunch of python libraries, I have my doubts as to how stable it is, how efficiently does it use the network, and mainly how long will it take to graduate to extras, not to mention that the installation size will probably be quite big. For telepathy-haze you would need libpurple, which is built using the Pidgin source package and who knows when that’s going graduate to extras.
In any case, I just prefer msn-pecan because I know the code, and I know it’s more stable than libpurple’s stock one (which I wrote many years ago), it’s more efficient, and it has been widely tested on Pidgin (Linux, Windows, and N8x0), and Adium on OS X. Also, it’s more bandwidth efficient, specially at login time, which is important if you are using a cellular data connection 🙂 Moreover, at some point it will be a standalone library with a native telepathy wrapper, so this was a natural step.
First I needed libpurple, but since it’s distributed along with Pidgin and there’s no easy way to build it standalone. I used libpurple-mini which is a redistribution of libpurple that’s easy to build, no extra fuzz, just the bare minimal dependencies, and a minimal build-system.
Then I took telepathy-haze, which didn’t require any modifications, and telepathy-extras which did require quite a bit. I also wrote simple Makefiles just to simplify the build.
Then I modified all the packages so that they don’t conflict with the system ones (libpurple, telepathy-haze, etc.), when they are finally available in extras. The result is a 300KB standalone package 😉
Here are a few screenshots showing how nicely it integrates:
As you can see it’s very transparent. Your contacts could be in Skype, MSN, GTalk, you would barely feel any difference, and the switch to SMS, or voice call is seamless. Kudos to the Maemo rtcomm team and Telpathy for achieving this!
Next step would be to submit this to extras devel, I think it would not have much trouble getting accepted in, any volunteers to do that?
Oh, and Merry Christmas!