Adding Facebook protocol support to Empathy

I just upgraded from Fedora 10 to Fedora 12 and decided to start using the Empathy chat application, instead of Pidgin. I wanted to get back my ability to chat with friends on Facebook via my local chat client, but Empathy did not have Facebook protocol support out of the box. However, making this work under Fedora 12 was extremely easy.

  • Exit out of Empathy
  • Open a terminal window
  • Install Facebook protocol support:

yum -y install pidgin-facebookchat

  • Kill the mission-control-5 daemon:

pgrep mission-control|xargs kill -15

  • Rename the haze.manager file: 

mv /usr/share/telepathy/managers/haze.manager \
/usr/share/telepathy/managers/haze.manager.old

  • Restart Empathy