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I know that for commandline instant messaging finch is one of the best - it does (or should) support all the networks that Pidgin does. When I went to install it on the system that I will primarily use only with commandline (an old EEE PC where I don't want to stress the ram (and also have only like 2 GB of hard drive space)) it had a bunch of dependencies that appeared to be graphical dependencies related to Pidgin the graphical application.
I was curious if there were any other CLI IM programs that are as capable as finch/Pidgin that have less dependencies. Necessary would be Gmail and AIM. Nice to have would be Facebook IM.