#11929 HIGH 12.1.0: Remove empathy, it now requires OpenGL (was: Remove programs dependant on Clutter/COGL from build if they cannot be fixed)

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Mon Jun 18 13:44:51 EDT 2012

#11929: Remove empathy, it now requires OpenGL
           Reporter:  greenfeld     |       Owner:  pbrobinson                       
               Type:  defect        |      Status:  new                              
           Priority:  high          |   Milestone:  12.1.0                           
          Component:  distro        |     Version:  Development build as of this date
         Resolution:                |    Keywords:                                   
        Next_action:  add to build  |    Verified:  0                                
Deployment_affected:                |   Blockedby:                                   
           Blocking:                |  
Changes (by dsd):

  * next_action:  diagnose => add to build


 Confirmed that empathy fails on startup due to not being able to
 initialise clutter. I looked at the source code, and  confirmed that it
 calls into clutter early on and fails app startup if clutter isn't happy.

 Maybe this could be improved in future:

 For now, as agreed in the 12.1.0 meeting, we will drop empathy from the
 build. If this is missed by a deployment, we encourage pidgin to be
 considered as a replacement.

 Another option would be to recompile empathy without video call support.
 This would likely avoid the problem. We aren't in the business of
 maintaining our own packages in this way, but we could possibly do it on-
 demand if it would help a deployment.

Ticket URL: <http://dev.laptop.org/ticket/11929#comment:6>
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