Linuxppc.org: GAIM 0.11.0-pre4 Instant Messaging Client [Review]Feb 19, 2001, 15:07 (2 Talkback[s])
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"At first glance, GAIM is merely a clone of AOL's instant messenger. While it does provide the majority of the functionality of AIM, GAIM adds much, much more."
"GAIM's primary function is to access AIM, AOL's instant message network, which it does quite well. It is possible to log on to the AIM network, send and receive instant messages, and get buddy and away information."
"AOL's IM network may be accessed through either the TOC or Oscar protocols. TOC is an open, published protocol, which is used in AOL's QuickBuddy and Java clients. Oscar, AOL's proprietary protocol, provides a more complete solution for accessing AIM than do the TOC protocols."