[Telepathy] ANNOUNCE: folks

Travis Reitter travis.reitter at collabora.co.uk
Fri Sep 23 13:09:46 PDT 2011

libfolks is now available for download from:


libfolks — Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion

Libfolks pulls together contacts from any number of accounts supported
by the libfolks backends. This release includes a number of backends,
including Telepathy, evolution-data-server, libsocialweb, Tracker, and
a simple key-file backend.

The 0.6.x series is API and ABI stable and corresponds to the GNOME 3.2
release. We will continue in the 0.6.x for the foreseeable future,
until we need to make further API or ABI breaks (which we don't
anticipate at this time). We will make an announcement when we
officially commit to API/ABI stability for the project as a whole.

See the NEWS file for details on every break we made before 0.6.0. In
future releases, we will have example programs that will be kept
up-to-date with the latest API as well.

For more information, see the Folks wiki page:

Reference documentation is available here:

Overview of changes from libfolks 0.6.3 to libfolks
Bugs fixed:
* Bug 658631 — Deprecate PersonaStore.can-[alias|group]-personas
* Bug 658002 — defective typelib
* Bug 659737 — tests fail due to usage of deprecated methods

API changes:
* Deprecate Folks.PersonaStore.can_[alias, group]_personas.
  Applications should use Folks.PersonaStore#always-writeable-properties
  and Folks.Persona#writeable-properties to check availability of
  "alias" and "groups" properties.

libfolks and depend upon core GNOME libraries (GLib, GIO, etc.), as well
as the recent releases of Vala and gobject-introspection.

The Telepathy backend also requires a recent release of telepathy-glib,
built to include its Vala bindings.

The EDS backend also requires a recent release of evolution-data-server,
built to include its Vala bindings.

The Tracker backend requires a recent version of Tracker.

The Libsocialweb backend requires a recent version of libsocialweb,
built to include the Vala bindings.

For any questions, comments, feature proposals, etc., please refer to
the Telepathy mailing list or #telepathy on Freenode.
For bug reports, please file them against the GNOME Bugzilla module

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