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View Poll Results: Messaging App of the Year
Gaim 611 51.52%
Kopete 257 21.67%
Skype 71 5.99%
Gizmo 6 0.51%
Ekiga (was GnomeMeeting) 14 1.18%
Psi 27 2.28%
XChat 43 3.63%
konversation 22 1.85%
aMSN 67 5.65%
Irssi 38 3.20%
BitchX 8 0.67%
KMess 4 0.34%
SIM 8 0.67%
Centericq 10 0.84%
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:30 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by kesara
irssi with BittleBee!
Yes, same here.
Old 01-04-2007, 12:59 PM   #32
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There is one more very popular IM, popular mostly in Poland. The name is "Kadu".
Old 01-04-2007, 01:07 PM   #33
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Gaim gets my vote
Old 01-04-2007, 01:59 PM   #34
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For me, only Kadu - I'm from Poland
Old 01-04-2007, 06:26 PM   #35
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Gyachi is the most useful app for voice and video chat on yahoo.

Kopete is also good for everything except voice.

Gaim still lives in the old world of text typing.
Old 01-04-2007, 08:56 PM   #36
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I cannot believe that the WengoPhone ( is not listed?! I know I know, there are soooo many products available...

But seriously, Wengo could provide some SERIOUS open-source cometition to the proprietary skype stuff. It uses open protocols (SIP) so you can use any service you want, not just the provider's which (happens to be a French phone company!) can you believe that! A commercial product DESIGNED to be interoperable! awesome.

I vote gaim/ekiga/gaim/ekiga/gaim/ekiga (although they serve different purposes though don't they??)


I'm done.
Old 01-05-2007, 02:37 AM   #37
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I use Gaim for Yahoo, MSN, AIM, KVIrc for IRC... Urg, where's KVIrc?
Old 01-05-2007, 04:26 AM   #38
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Gaim. I hope they implement newer MSN protocol versions soon (Personal Message feature is a big +).
Old 01-06-2007, 11:38 PM   #39
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Kopete for IM, but Twinkle for VoIP.
Old 01-07-2007, 02:21 AM   #40
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Kind of silly to group CLI and GUI clients together in the same poll, IMHO.

Also, IM clients and IRC clients are a little hard to compare in the same poll too.

Last edited by Gamgee; 01-07-2007 at 02:23 AM.
Old 01-07-2007, 03:19 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by Gamgee
Kind of silly to group CLI and GUI clients together in the same poll, IMHO.
I'm actually very glad that the GNOME folks(and others) made Ekiga as easy as it is today.
If you want to show your newly born kid in real time, a plain irc client will not help you. Video and audio are by all means a huge deal in modern internet messaging.

Originally Posted by Gamgee
Also, IM clients and IRC clients are a little hard to compare in the same poll too.
What's so special about irc?
I only care about the protocols it supports.
As far as I know, no irc client supports both SIP and H.323... (I only use irc for dcc file sharing)

While text messaging was amazing in the past, video and sound will soon become a standard.

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Old 01-12-2007, 12:56 PM   #42
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for M$ msn protocol i use aMSN during week, but what I realy love is Mercury messenger the only "if" it's that it still doesn't support proxy servers, gaim scrambles my contact groups.

as for irc I use x-chat it's simple and works fine behind proxyservers (learned not to touch someting that works just fine)

Last edited by offbyte; 01-12-2007 at 12:58 PM.
Old 01-14-2007, 03:44 AM   #43
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Old 01-15-2007, 09:35 AM   #44
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I use KSIRC for IRC chat and LICQ for instant messaging.

From the choises here, probably Kopete is the best...
But there are two reasons I don't use it:

It doesn't have file transfer support, and
it constantly reads the status messages
of users in my contact list and since many of them use QIP - a MS-Windows ICQ client,
they get a popup message that I read their status, so it's annoyning for them
Old 01-15-2007, 03:16 PM   #45
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What about the new Wengophone2! I really like it, and it does wonders in such a very short development time compared to all the other shoddy and long-developed apps out there that still can't perform certain such features.


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