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I have seen psi, gaim, jabber and a whole host of other clients (?) but what are you supposed to do with them? I suppose sign up somewhere for something but what? Personally I would never sign up for anything even remotely related to america offline or msn. I went to Yahoo and wanted to check out their client but it tried to download an .exe to my Linuxbox. I realize that everybody and their grandma already has an im account but I've just never been inclined to use it for anything. What do you usually use? Thanks for any tips and not laughing too hard.
Crashed_Again is right - see what your friends use. I use MSN as that is what most of my friends use but I recently signed up for AIM because a colleauge uses it. Either way it isn't a problem as I use Gaim as my client and it supports multiple protocols and accounts.
Let me think! Pay for a $25 piece of software that only works on windows and only lets me access some of the services that gaim can access. Not to mention the fact that gaim is completely opensource.
Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM (Oscar and TOC protocols), ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, and Zephyr networks.
Gaim users can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AOL Instant Messenger, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time.
Yahoo messenger works great under linux?just go to yahoo and then it should have a link for nix dl it install then ,run, ymessenger
of course it all depends on if the people you want to chat to have yahoo but its an option lol.
If you have e-mail account in hotmail etc and you have friends that also have e-mail accounts (or they have yours for corressponding) then any popular linux IM is good for you.
e.g. I have a free e-mail account in hotmail firstname.lastname@example.org and I have kopete as my linux IM. I just add in my kopete -> plugins config -> check MSN -> add my MSN Id above (email@example.com) and password. Now I can add contact -> Hotmail ID firstname.lastname@example.org and that's it ;-) Whenever you and your friends online just click on those smilees icons and ready to IMing.
Anyway, kopete has these plugins: AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, IRC, SMS, Winpopup, and Gadu-gadu (never heard of)
You don't have to have friend to use kopete, it is still usefull for telling you that you just received a new mail whenever new mail arrived ;-)