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Linux Orbit: Instant Messaging on GNU/Linux, Part 2: ICQ

Jan 16, 2001, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Gowin)

[ Thanks to John Gowin for this link. ]

"In Part 1 of this series, we took a look at AOL Instant Messenger clients for GNU/Linux. In Part 2, we'll take a look at some ICQ clients and see how they measure up to their Windows counterpart, ICQ2000b."

"ICQ (A play on the phrase "I Seek You") is one of the most mature instant messenger services on the Internet. Started in the mid 1990s by an Israeli company called Mirabilis, ICQ claims to have close to 88 million registered users worldwide. Yes. That's what I said: 88,000,000."

"It is no wonder that AOL purchased Mirabilis (for 287 million US$) in 1998 to gain access to their huge user base. In addition to the user base, AOL got an edge in the Instant Message game by buying AOL Instant Messenger's largest competitor. Surprisingly, since that purchase, no attempt to merge the two services has been made to create one client with the benefits of both AIM and ICQ. But any merger of these two services would be a daunting task to say the least."

[ Reviewed ICQ clients include GnomeICU, Licq and Kicq - LT ed. ]

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