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CNET News.com: AOL opens AIM doors to Linux faithful

Aug 11, 2000, 19:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"As we expand to multiple platforms like Linux, we're making sure we meet their needs," said spokeswoman Jane Lennon. AOL doesn't have a specific schedule for releasing a final version of the software, she said."

"Even before AOL got into the act, people who used Linux had ways to connect to the AIM service. For example, Jabber offers instant messaging software that works on Windows and Linux computers and also on others through a Java client interface. Corel Linux ships ready to work with Linux through the Java client. Another program, called Gaim, also can tap into AIM services, Gaim co-founder Rob Flynn said in an interview today."

"Adding a Linux client for AIM makes sense for AOL as it embraces a variety of new devices to tap into its services. In particular, AOL, in partnership with computer maker Gateway and chipmaker Transmeta, is developing a line of easy-to-use appliances running Linux to connect to the Internet and AOL services. These Internet appliances are due later this year."

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