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Now, there has been some confusion about the other MSN solutions. So I’m going to explain why msn-pecan is better.
telepathy-butterfly is pretty decent, as it uses papyon (the MSN implementation to be used in aMSN2), however it has one big disadvantage; it’s written in python.
For starters, this means you have to install python and all it’s dependencies; which account for 20M. If that was not enough, python being a scripting language will probably use a fair share of CPU, which is not good for battery life.
telepathy-haze is just a wrapper for libpurple protocol plugins, and in fact, telepathy-msn-pecan does use a hacked version of telepathy-haze to do it’s job. So the battle is actually libpurple’s stock msn plugin vs msn-pecan.
The stock plugin was actually written mostly by me a long time ago, and although some things have changed, I’m still probably the knows that has a better grasp on it. So when I say “it’s actually pretty bad”, believe me; I know what I’m talking about here
However, the real problem is the lack of support. As can be seen on Pidgin’s bugzilla; bugs go there to get lost. Most probably if you have problem on the N900 with it, nobody will be able to help you.
Moreover, you would have to install the rest of the plugins at the same time, in total, you would need 6.3MB. And my bet is that battery life won’t be as good as with msn-pecan.
It’s written in C, it’s fast, it’s efficient, 1.5M, but more importantly; it’s supported. If you find a problem on the N900 you can file a report in our issue tracker, and it will be dealt with. The only problem is that as of 0.1.0-rc3, it’s not as stable as I wound want (the new features seem to have introduced some regressions), but the remaining issues will be fixed soon. However, don’t be discouraged of trying it; most people don’t have any problems.