A blog about someones first time with a Linux desktop which mentions Pidgin

Sean Egan seanegan at gmail.com
Tue Apr 29 10:53:12 EDT 2008

On 4/29/08, Felipe Contreras <felipe.contreras at gmail.com> wrote:
>  <comment>
>  In anyway, I can't believe users really asked for it and developers
>  even though were strongly opposed to the idea changed the default
>  behavior out of the kindness of their heart. There is a difference
>  between empathic listening and user-stop-bitching strategies.
>  </comment>

It's something that's -- by default -- has been off and on and then
off and then on again from varying release to release. When it's off
by default we'd get several requests a week about how to turn it on...
I'm not sure we've ever had a request about how to turn it off. I
think we eventually decided to turn it on because it was distros were
shipping with the option turned on by default. For better or worse,
people (this guy's girlfriend aside) seem to expect Pidgin to continue
running with no visible UI.

I've noticed some applications that behave the same way set some
window manager hint or something that causes some little animation
that makes it clear that the app isn't terminating. Maybe we should do
the same.

Also, I think we've dropped Screen Name in favor of Username for a
release or two now, right?

More information about the Devel mailing list