Instant Messaging

KDE User and Administrator Conference

Speakers: Will Stephenson

Language: English


Check the Schedule for an overview of all talks during this conference.


Instant Messaging (IM) has spread from the enthusiast, to the mass market, to the workplace. While growing in popularity, there is still some way to go before the software fully meets the needs of users, due to concerns about invasiveness and a lack of integration with other applications.

In this talk we give an overview of the challenges and opportunities in making IM a productive tool, and present the Kopete project's work towards these aims. Integration with email, personal information applications and the rest of the desktop lets users focus on their communication and not the software. We show how this integration can be achieved.

For the highly motivated users that will come to Akademy, we'll present advanced techniques showing how to prepare new emoticon and chatwindow themes, adjust icon sets and how to script Kopete using DCOP to respond to events.

We'll finish with a live demo of the bleeding edge of Kopete development, showing users what to expect in KDE 3.5, making Skype calls using Kopete, enhanced PIM integration, better usability and more eye candy.

Will Stephenson


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