Smpathy uses Telepathy for protocol support and has a user interface based on Gossip. Empathy is the default chat client in current versions of GNOME, making it easier for other GNOME applications to integrate collaboration functionality using Telepathy.

Features:

  • Multi-protocol: Google Talk (Jabber/XMPP), MSN, IRC, Salut, AIM, Facebook, Yahoo!, Gadu Gadu, Groupwise, ICQ and QQ. (Supported protocols depend on installed Telepathy Connection Manager components.) Supports all protocols supported by Pidgin.
  • File transfer for XMPP, and local networks.
  • Voice and video call using SIP, XMPP and Google Talk.
  • Some IRC support.
  • For detailed list of supported protocol features see here
  • Conversation theming (see list of supported Adium themes).
  • Sharing and viewing location information.
  • Private and group chat (with smileys and spell checking).
  • Conversation logging.
  • Automatic away and extended away presence.
  • Automatic reconnection using Network Manager.
  • Python bindings for libempathy and libempathy-gtk
  • Support for collaborative applications (“tubes”).