Miriam Ruiz
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{November 12, 2008}   Coccinella 0.96.10 packaged for Debian

I discovered Coccinella this afternoon. It is a Jabber client coded in Tcl/Tk that I found in the list of clients supporting Jingle in the Wikipedia. The main advantage about Coccinella is that it has a built-in whiteboard that allows a better collaboration with other people. The whiteboard is a shared desktop which supports text, drawings, images, and multimedia in a number of formats, such as MP3 and video. It runs in two main modes, a peer-to-peer configuration and a mode compatible with the Jabber Instant Messaging system. A flexible plugin architecture may be used to support additional formats.

For being able to package it, I also had to package some of its dependencies:  TkTreeCtrl (a widget for Tcl/Tk), TkPNG (to add PNG support to Tcl/Tk) and the Tcl interface to the iax(2) client library. I still have to finish them properly, with man pages, icons, desktop files an the such, but for the moment I don’t have time for that, so if anyone wants to try the program, all the packages are available (compiled for amd64 for sid, but the package source is available too, so you can easily rebuild it for your system).

Sander says:

This description is outdated as Coccinella today only runs as XMPP client: “It runs in two main modes, a peer-to-peer configuration and a mode compatible with the Jabber Instant Messaging system.”

The p2p code was removed a long time ago.

“I still have to finish them properly, with man pages,”

You may want to look in the directory READMEs/, especially README-command-line can be useful.


What icons do you need? Do you need the SVG source of the Coccinella logo?

PS: is the quality of your package already good enough to list it on http://coccinella.im/download/thirdparty ?

Miry says:

Hi Sander!

Thanks for the corrections, I’ll update the description and upload it again. If you had the SVG source of the logo it would be nice. The quality of the package and its dependencies is good enough for that, it’s according to Debian’s policy excepting the current lack of manpages. For usability, the menu item and desktop file should be there too, I’ll try to add them in my next upload.

I’ll email you when the new version is uploaded :)


Miry says:

Note: It cannot enter Debian as it is. The file themes/Oxygen/AUTHORS says that a few icons and other graphics elements may come from the Crystal icon set by Everaldo, are copyrighted and its use is allowed only for non commercial meaning. Those icons should be replaced if we wanted the program to reach main sometime.

balihb says:


Can you pleas add a Packages file to your Coccinella repository? It would make life easier.
Thanks for the packaging!

balihb says:

there is no tray icon showing up with your package.

sander says:

I just released a new Coccinella version which should have no potential license issues.

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