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You can now vote for your favorite products of 2010. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 7th 8th.


View Poll Results: Messaging App of the Year
Pidgin 157 43.85%
Gwibber 5 1.40%
Kopete 36 10.06%
Skype 52 14.53%
Ekiga 7 1.96%
Psi 4 1.12%
XChat 12 3.35%
konversation 4 1.12%
aMSN 10 2.79%
Irssi 20 5.59%
CenterIM 3 0.84%
Gajim 3 0.84%
Kadu 3 0.84%
KMess 2 0.56%
Empathy 28 7.82%
EKG2 1 0.28%
Gyachi 0 0%
Linphone 1 0.28%
Finch 3 0.84%
BitlBee 4 1.12%
WeeChat 3 0.84%
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:31 AM   #31
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Pidgin at first place for the number of protocols supported - even Gadu-Gadu
Ekiga at the second for ability to talk to NetMeeting (still using it)
Old 01-18-2011, 04:46 AM   #32
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Miranda + Wine

And it is better than all other native IM-clients I have tried. Nothing personal, but it is true;
Old 01-18-2011, 06:41 AM   #33
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Often this is not our-only choice, it depend on witch service other people use that we are in contact with.
So Skype for me.
Old 01-19-2011, 02:30 PM   #34
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I have found Ekiga to be an adequate FOSS replacement for Skype.
Old 01-19-2011, 05:06 PM   #35
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Xchat for me because all I go on is IRC anymore....
Old 01-20-2011, 01:13 AM   #36
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Sorry open source hard-cores out there. Skype just has the features I like.
Old 01-20-2011, 01:41 AM   #37
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Psi for me. I used to use Pidgin, but got tired of having so many accounts to move from PC to PC, and metacontacts to make, and multiple accounts getting disconnected there and there. So I went with Psi and transports for the other protocols. Then I realized that I didn't even want to talk with most of the people who didn't have a XMPP account anyway... so now just pure XMPP, with Gmail friends.

Still using Pidgin for Xfire, though =(. It's too bad goim's xfire transport is out of date. I'd work on it myself, but I'm a little short on time/energy atm.

Regarding the comments on Twinkle/ekiga... Ekiga is nice, clean interface, and current, but I've had problems with it when registering to certain gateways. Twinkle also has a lot more features and settings than Ekiga, and works with multiple accounts, and actually registers to most of the accounts that Ekiga flops on (,, to name two). Twinkle could use some pulseaudio support and updated address book integration, but it's really smooth otherwise. I have to admit that Ekiga DOES have video support, though, which makes Ekiga a better Skype replacement IMHO.
Old 01-20-2011, 02:16 AM   #38
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pidgin is the best
Old 01-20-2011, 09:32 AM   #39
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Pidgin is good too. I almost voted for that...
Old 01-22-2011, 03:57 AM   #40
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Wall, and Talk
Old 01-23-2011, 02:41 AM   #41
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Talking lol

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Wall, and Talk
You are just too funny

But seriously, do you actually use those? Most people got annoyed when I messaged them with those programs in shell.

Yeah, I think you just made my day
Old 01-23-2011, 08:34 AM   #42
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Irssi for me. I've been using it for years, and can't see myself using anything else. Nothing just matches up to it.
Btw, Irssi + bitlbee is an unbeatable combination
Old 01-23-2011, 10:09 AM   #43
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Either Empathy or Gwibber, as both of them are Natty Narwhal defaults...
Old 01-23-2011, 05:38 PM   #44
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Pidgin is the best unless you use IRC. Its interface for IRC is terrible. Since I don't use any protocol except for IRC (and occasionally Skype) anymore, I think weechat is the best. But it isn't in the list so I can't vote.
Old 01-23-2011, 10:15 PM   #45
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Chatzilla + BitlBee


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