After some late night hackings, we bring you an update to your favorite IM client on KDE Desktop. This time we've redone the metacontacts solution a bit. It is still powered by KPeople, KDE's contacts aggregation library, but that part itself is no longer powered by Nepomuk. Basically we rewrote it from scratch and made it faster, more reliable, more robust and generally just better.
Now we collect data on the fly from all your sources, be it your Telepathy IM accounts, Akonadi contacts or anything else that installs a plugin (we might have Skype contacts plugin very soon too ;) When you merge two contacts, KPeople stores it in simple sqlite database, which is light and fast and also transferrable (eg. you can take your metacontacts easily with you).
This will all come in the upcoming 0.8 version of KDE Telepathy, which is planned around the end of February/first week of March. For those enthusiastic and cannot-wait users, we bring the beta right here, right now. Source code available here for KTp and here for KPeople. Nag your distros for packages. Super-important: thanks to a last-second change in KPeople, you might hit an empty contact list problem if you install KPeople 0.2.0. The only workaround is installing KPeople 0.2.1, so please anyone, install 0.2.1. Also note that KPeople 0.2 is in no way compatible with 0.1 version, meaning it won't work with KDE Telepathy 0.7 series. Please stay with KPeople 0.1 if you're using 0.7.
It's a beta and so we would really really appreciate if you could go over this checklist here, test things a bit for us and report anything that's broken from the checklist (or otherwise of course) at the usual bugs.kde.org.