Inclusion of MXit plugin into Pidgin

Ethan Blanton elb at
Thu Oct 15 11:15:56 EDT 2009

Pieter Loubser spake unto us the following wisdom:
> However we would still like to be a part of the standard Pidgin protocol
> family. As the splash-screen advertising is your biggest concern, we
> discussed it with our management and are willing to change the mandatory
> splash-screen shown at login to an optional feature which the user would
> be able to enable/disable through an account setting. We will also
> default this setting to be disabled. Thus by default nobody would get
> and see these adverts except if they are really interested and enable it
> manually on their own account, since some people like to see the
> splash-screens that often promote new services in MXit etc.
> We have made the above mentioned changes to our source code today, so we
> have it ready if it is acceptable to you in this form.

With this change, and the understanding that the protocol is kept
around only as long as it is both maintained and supported, I have no
objections whatsoever to including this plugin.


The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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