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10 Instant Messaging Clients for Linux

aMSN aMSN is a powerful, highly configurable and feature-rich client for the WLM (formerly known as MSN) protocol with support for skins, plugins, system tray integration, webcam, tabbed chat windows, multi-accounts, offline messaging, chat history, display picture and many, many more.

Install Pidgin 2.7.6 in Ubuntu (With MSN Certificate Fix And Multiple MSN Logins)

Pidgin 2.7.6 was released yesterday, fixing the "Unable to validate certificate" error for omega.contacts.msn.com (so if the 

A Guide to Using Finch - Terminal-Based Chat Client

Finch is a TUI (text user interface) IM client for Linux which uses libpurple, the same library on which the GNOME IM client Pidgin is based on.

Use Twitter Like An IM Protocol With Prpltwtr [Pidgin, Empathy - Includes Saved Searches, More!]

Prpltwtr is a Pidgin (or Empathy) plugin which makes Twitter feel a lot like an IM: you can see yo

Install Ekiga (Video Conferencing) 3.2.7 In Ubuntu [PPA]

Ekiga is an open source SoftPhone, Video Conferencing and Instant Messenger application for Windows and Linux.

Banshee Telepathy Extension Allows You To Stream And Share Music With Your Jabber (Including Gtalk) Empathy Contacts

I've recently came across a very interesting Banshee extension which I'm sure many of you will find to be useful.

The extension is called Banshee Telepathy Extension and you can use it to share or stream music through Empathy instant messaging client with your contacts (Jabber (including GTalk) only) through a p2p protocol.

Psi Is A Feature-Rich Jabber Instant Messaging Client For Ubuntu

Psi is a free, open source instant messaging application designed for the Jabber IM network (including Google Talk) compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

If you're tired with the Jabber functionality of Empathy or Pidgin, both lacking lots of important features for this protocol, you should give Psi a try.

Pidgin Plugin That Enables Invisible Status For GTalk

If you are using Pidgin and set your status to "Invisible", you aren't actually invisible in GTalk (Google Talk). But thanks to Fahhem's plugin, you can finally set your status to invisible in Gtalk.

Elementary Icon Theme For Pidgin

A few days ago, some awesome Empathy Elementary icons were released on Gnome-Look, but since I'm not a fan of Empathy, I haven't posted anything related to them. After receiving a lot of requests, the author released Elementary icons for Pidgin, so Pidgin fans are finally happy (like me =) ):

How-To: Install Finch 2.6.5 in Debian Lenny

Finch is a powerful text user interface instant messaging client based on libpurple, and it comes included in the Pidgin source, the popular GNOME IM client.

Empathy: Use Adium Conversation Themes [Linux]

another adium theme  in empathy

Skype 2.1 Beta For Linux Has Been Released

Skype 2.1 Beta vor Linux has been released yesterday, bringing a lot of new features, including:

Emesene 1.5 With Webcam Support [How To Install It In Ubuntu]

Emesene 1.5 brings a lot of new features and bugfixes, most notable being the webcam (video) support. Changes in 1.5:

* Compatible with the latest Window Live Messenger(tm)
* New plugin set (Plus! colors, Notifications, Mail check, etc.)
* HTTP connection and proxy support
* @msn accounts support

Lightweight IM Client CenterIM Runs in a Terminal

CenterIM is a lightweight IM client for Linux. Actually, CenterIM is very but very lightweight because it runs in a terminal, but still it has almost all the features you may want in a instant messaging client. It supports all the major protocols such as MSN, Yahoo, AIM, IRC, Jabber, etc. and also it has a built-in RSS feed reader.

Encrypt Conversations in Pidgin on Debian, Ubuntu and Derivatives

Pidgin, the well-known multi-protocol and cross-platform instant messaging client does not encrypt archives so everyone can read them if they know where they are placed on your hard drive. And it's quite easy to find them, on Linux they are in:

Download Pidgin 2.5.2 for Ubuntu (deb package)

Even though the new version of Pidgin (2.5.2) does not appear on http://pidgin.im/, it seems it was released, as you can see here.

Changes:
version 2.5.2 (10/19/2008):
libpurple:

Use Twitter in Pidgin (download for Windows, Linux and of course a Ubuntu package)

Previously, the way to connect to Twitter using Pidgin (IM client for yahoo, google talk, msn, etc), was to use a jabber account like google chat, then add Twitter. But Twitter shut down the Jabber service.  So it doesn’t work anymore. But now, Pidgin-microblog can do the trick.

Download Pidgin 2.5.0 (Ubuntu)

Pidgin is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once.

5min: Encrypt Instant Messaging with Pidgin and OTR

You need:

  • Pidgin (available on Ubuntu standard installation or over apt-get)
  • IM-Buddy
  • 5 minutes
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