"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
"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."
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