Bounty for voice/video support in Pidgin

Mark Doliner mark at
Wed Jul 16 19:07:29 EDT 2008

Following on the footsteps of Maiku's Summer of Code post...

Did you guys know that there's a fairly substantial bounty for adding
voice and video chat capabilities to Pidgin/libpurple?  Currently
$5,176.36 US.  You can contribute to the bounty at

I don't know how other devs feel, but I think this bounty is a pretty
cool idea.  Bounties might have a tendency to make people write quick
and dirty code that gets the job done, so we should be careful to
continue to have our same ridiculously high standard for code quality.

I think we should probably work with the person currently assigned as
the project lead for that bounty to do two things:

1. Break the project into subprojects.  We should at least split up
the various protocols, and possibly separate voice from video.

2. I've talked to the person currently assigned as the project lead
for the bounty, John-Paul Gignac, and he's open to handing the bounty
off to someone who is more closely involved with the project.  Is
anyone interested in working with us Pidgin devs and doing various
bounty related administrative tasks?  This could be a current Pidgin
dev, or a level-headed individual who follows this mailing list and/or
does bug triage but doesn't necessarily contribute code.


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