The KDE Telepathy team is pleased to announce the fifth major release of the new KDE Instant Messaging suite. The immediately available 0.5 version brings polish in many places, better stability, 58 reported bugs fixed and some nice new features too, making the instant messaging experience in KDE Workspaces more pleasant and enjoyable. Special attention was given to the log viewer, which received improvements galore.
The chatting application was given a message processing plugin system developed as part of this year's Google Summer of Code, featuring an image plugin, which displays a preview of any image link you send or receive. More plugins, like embedding a YouTube videos, LaTeX fomulae and reading incoming messages out loud are in the works and will be available with the next release.
Users now have bigger control over instant messaging using KRunner. You can change your status, add status message, start a chat, audio or video call directly from KRunner.
Contact list is now able to tell you which friends are online on their mobile phones by showing a mobile icon next to the normal presence icon. New mini-list type was added, which aims at showing you as many contacts in the list as possible by using your configured smallest font. Work was also done on improving accessibility.
Calling features have been improved and stabilized. Users are now able to dial-out an arbitrary number with SIP accounts, right from the contact list.
Lots of improvements were done in to group chats. In relation to that, after careful consideration, we have decided to not support IRC in this release. There are plenty of very good IRC clients which can be used in KDE Workspaces and our team is just not big enough to continue working on IRC support. This way we can focus better on filling the missing components in KDE and not duplicating functionality.
The Quick Chat plasmoid also received many updates and has improved a lot, however it still has not left the alpha stage for this release.
Among other things, we have now included a tool for very easy debugging of your Telepathy installation. So if there's anything not working properly, you can get us help you very easily.
Want to Contribute?
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Getting the Code
The code is available on KDE's FTP network for public download. There might be packages for your distribution. If you want to build the code on your own, download all the packages and follow our guide.