Three alternative Linux instant messaging applications

Instant messaging helps us connect with people online in real time. Many Linux users IM with either Pidgin (formerly Gaim) or Kopete, two applications that handle multiple IM protocols. Here are three alternatives to the top names that each focus on one of the major IM protocols, and offer some pretty cool options.

Gajim for Jabber

Gajim is a lightweight instant messaging application written in PyGTK and GTK+ for use with the Jabber messaging protocol. Its strength lies within its multiple options embedded within a simple and resource-light user interface.