I would be +1 on dropping xchat if it's IRC protocol would get a decent
upgrade, it's far to unstable in it's connection. Otherwise I would still
use it probably. Xchat's protocol for IRC is more solid (advantage of single
protocol apps).
I won't make a suggestion for default media player, as I like it to arrange
it for me, so I install Rhythmbox myself.
For default text editor I'd like to nominate gedit, as it is also
lightweight in my opinion, but has addition features compared to leafpad
(including, but not limited too syntax highlighting). I don't know how much
Empathy has progressed in the last few months and will in de coming, but
that might also be an good default for IM. Just a suggestion, but last time
I've used it I wasn't to keen on it. I didn't do a comparison between Pidgin
and Empathy in terms of stability and resources.

With metta,

Chris Druif

On Sun, May 29, 2011 at 12:13, PCMan <pcman...@gmail.com> wrote:

> +1 for dropping XChat.
> The purpose of default applications are to provide a sane and
> easy-to-use default for common users.
> Learning how to use two different applications won't be easier than
> learning one.
> So using pidging for all protocols is supports do makes sense. Users
> can learn once and use it for everything.
> Power users who requires advanced scripting support can always install
> their powerful favorites manually.
> In the case of media player, gnome mplayer apparently has a bad music
> player UI.
> That's why we need a separate music player. Otherwise mplayer works just
> fine.
> For me, my favorite editor is geany, not leafpad.
> However I won't ship a programmer's editor as a default text editor
> for common users.
> Having xchat specifically for irc instead of pidgin won't make that
> much differences for common users, IMHO.
> So only including pidgin might be better in this case.
>
> On Sun, May 29, 2011 at 5:47 PM, Julien Lavergne <gi...@ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > On Sun, 29 May 2011 00:24:57 +0100
> > Phill Whiteside <phi...@ubuntu.com> wrote:
> >
> >> If we are going to keep pidgin for IM, what do we need xchat for?
> > It is on my TODO list for applications discussions. IMO, we should just
> drop xchat. I always use pidgin for IRC, and it doesn't a pretty decent
> work.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Julien Lavergne
> >
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