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Old 10-30-2005, 02:32 PM   #1
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What to use instead of AOL Instant Messenger

Now that Open Office 2 is released and appears stable, I am going to cut my whole household over to Linux. Half the family spend 90% of the time on AOL instant messenger. I need them to be happy with using a new Im client, but don't know which one matches AOL the best. Any suggestions? I think they will be happy with Open Office.
Old 10-30-2005, 02:39 PM   #2
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Gaim is probably the most commonly-used IM client. It supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, IRC, Jabber, and a dozen other protocols. Gaim comes with most if not all Linux distros. There are also many other free software IM clients around, like Kopete in KDE. Also, AOL does make a version of its AIM client for Linux, but it is garbage.
Old 10-30-2005, 04:28 PM   #3
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gaim is great, and will remind them enough of AOL's AIM that they should be plenty happy with it.
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Another vote for Gaim
Old 10-30-2005, 10:16 PM   #5
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Yet another for Gaim, it's much better than even Windows AIM, in my opinion, and they have a new release planned soon that will add many new features.
Old 10-31-2005, 02:33 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. Sounds like GAIM it is. I will show them this thread if they express doubt


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