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Brittany Gilstrap & John MainITEC 3328-10Fall 2011Module 7 Assignment – Instant Messaging & softphoneWe chose Empathy for IM and Skype for softphone, though both programs could be used for either, wedid not test out VOIP on Empathy. Empathy Comes installed with Ubuntu Sometime between when the book was written and Ubuntu 11.04 Empathy replaced Pidgin/GAIM and Ekiga, as the included instant messenger and voice chat program (at release 9.10 according to an Internet search). Empathy is integrated into the GNOME desktop, and has similar functionality to Pidgin (GAIM/AIM), but includes support for voice and video chats. Installed with Ubuntu 11.04 Easy to configure Looks nice with a very simple, easy to learn layout Convenient by using any of your other IM accounts (Yahoo!, MSN, AIM, etc.) to sign in Had issues when trying to add the same contact to more than one instance of MSN, showed the user as being offline when they were still online
Skypehttp://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/linux/Skype is one of the most popular voice over internet protocol (VOIP) programs around. Well at leasteverybody I know who has wanted to do VOIP uses Skype. Skype also has a built in chat tool that can beused as well (shown in the image), and you can video chat with your friends too. Also, you can let yourcontact view what you are doing on your computer if you want to show them something. Quick and easy to install, the website has a Debian installation package so you don’t have to mess around with a manual install. Can call landline numbers (for a fee), but your first call is free (make it count!) Large user base Simple and easy to learn layout Free and easy account setup Sound quality is not terrible but there was some distortion I actually had no problem with sound distortion, it was very clear and crisp. (I think maybe because I’m using my built in microphone, and me being sick it could have been altered somewhat.) It was very easy to set up and add new contacts Can also be used for instant messaging and chat with other Skype accounts