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Linux Orbit: Instant Messaging on GNU/Linux Part 1: AIM

Dec 27, 2000, 21:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Gowin)

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"Since its early days, instant messaging has coalesced around four big players, the 400 lb. gorillas of IM: AOL, MSN, Yahoo and ICQ. Each service has its own proprietary features and client under Windows, and to date, none of the big four cooperate with each other. So if you choose ICQ, and some of your friends use Yahoo, chances are, youll never get to instant message them unless you also download and install the Yahoo client. (Recent news seems to point to an eventual convergence of IM protocols and a general mood of cooperation seems to be changing the outlook for the future of IM.)"

"So whats a GNU/Linux user to do? Is there an alternative to these proprietary clients? Can GNU/Linux users even join the IM party?"

"Of course they can."

"In this article series, we're going to take a look at some of the IM clients available for GNU/Linux and rate them. Were also going to look at some of the new universal clients available for GNU/Linux that let you use AOL, MSN, Yahoo and ICQ all at the same time, with only one client. In Part 1 of this series, we'll look at the AOL IM service and the Linux clients available."

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