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Early last month, Lassi Syrjälä released Telepathy-Ring, Nokia’s Telepathy connection manager for GSM telephony, under the LGPL. The version used on the N900 talks to a proprietary daemon to drive the cellular hardware, but this new 2.x.y series has been ported to oFono, Intel and Nokia’s Free cellular modem daemon. I was trying out Ring using oFono’s phone simulator backend, until it was pointed out that oFono also supports my laptop's built-in GSM chip. Oh really? Let’s see…

A few minutes of tweaking later, and I was looking at an apparently-unremarkable Empathy conversation window:

Screenshot of an SMS conversation in Empathy

Ring needed a few little hacks to get this going, mostly because laptops’ GSM chips don’t generally support making GSM calls, which Ring expects to be able to do. But I didn’t have to touch any other Telepathy components’ source: I installed my Ring branch, opened the Empathy accounts dialog, created a new “tel” account, and here we are. +447771██████ in that screenshot is my real actual phone, and this conversation looks just how you’d expect.

Of course, right now this is a proof-of-concept; it’s not really ready for non-developers. I’m planning to clean up my Ring patches for submission upstream over the next few weeks, and will try to trick someone into writing a custom account configuration UI for Empathy; hopefully we can get this working properly pretty soon! Thanks to Lassi, Pekka Pessi (Ring’s original author), and others at Maemo; the oFono team; and other Telepathy and Empathy hackers for making this so straightforward!


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Jul. 15th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Oh man!
Oh man, I'm gonna miss Simon Amstell!
Jul. 15th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh man!
The tickets for all six shows sold out within ten minutes of the announcement going out on his mailing list! Thanks to the glorious power of greylisting, I actually only got the mail after the tickets sold out, but I'm lucky enough to have a good friend who checks her mail incredibly frequently and who bought enough tickets in time... :)

(I recommend subscribing to his newsletter; this is the second time in a few months he's put on a series of low-key shows like this at the Soho Theatre, and the last time was fantastic.)
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry for offtopic. What GTK theme do you use?
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
That's quite alright.
I use … Appearance Preferences takes about a month to startShiki-Brave, with Shiki-Colors-Striped-Metacity borders rather than the default (Shiki-Colors-Metacity).
Jul. 15th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: That's quite alright.
Could you upload it somewhere? I downloaded latest release from the official site, but it looks different from yours :(
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC)
Re: That's quite alright.
It's just the Debian package...
Jul. 15th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Google Voice
This is cool. I wonder if there are plans to incorporate Google Voice to Empathy.
Jul. 15th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Google Voice
Someone's already started working on a Telepathy connection manager for Google Voice! I think it's called "The One Ring". It's aimed at the N900, but --- just like Ring --- there's no reason it shouldn't work with Empathy. I've never tried it; give it a shot and see what happens? :)
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:07 am (UTC)
Re: Google Voice
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