We should also have a no-integrated-chat extension, that gives me back a classic green notification area symbol for Empathy and disables the chat integration. I suspect that integrated chat is a real problem for sometimes-chatty older users, who
(a) do not know whether they are really online or not (as there is no red/green element telling them anywhere)
(b) are confused by having two different ways to chat with people (a chat window from Empathy and the internal notification-like chat from shell)
But this all still does not solve the problem of running GNOME on ARM devices without sensible 3D support, and is thus most likely not a really acceptable solution for (mostly Debian) people wanting to run desktops on ARM.