December 6th, 2005 by Quatrux

Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, GroupWise Messenger, and Zephyr networks.

Gaim supports many features of the various networks, such as file transfer, away messages, typing notification, and MSN window closing notification. It also goes beyond that and provides many unique features. A few popular features are Buddy Pounces, which give the ability to notify you, send a message, play a sound, or run a program when a specific buddy goes away, signs online, or returns from idle; and plugins, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker, extended message notification, iconify on away, spell checking, tabbed conversations, and more.

So one Program which is totally free can be replaced by many Programs you use, I found it really easy and comfortable to use, it just is in your system tray and you’re online, you set up the accounts and configure it how you want. Nevertheless, it has some bugs, but I never really met anything serious or which crashed my system, it lacks some of the protocols features, but as matter of fact those are not needed to much, you even can sit on IRC, want to download it ? go on it is open source software, read more about it on the sourceforge.

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