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Linux Orbit: Instant Messaging on GNU/Linux Part 3: Yahoo! and MSN

Feb 22, 2001, 23:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Gowin)

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"Although AOL and ICQ collectively command the lion's share of instant messenger users world-wide (AIM in the US, ICQ internationally), Yahoo! and MSN have actually had more new users sign up in the last year than their competition (according to Media Metrix)."

"Yahoo! and MSN take advantage of their huge web portals to add features to their IM clients. Yahoo!, being web-centric, supports many platforms with official versions of their IM client, including Linux/Unix. MSN, which is geared toward Microsoft users accessing the Internet through their MSN dial-up service, supports only Windows and Mac for their official clients. There are open source alternatives, but unlike the other members of the "big 4" IM services ICQ and AIM, Yahoo! and MSN have fewer clients to choose from. However, because their protocols remain open, several "all in one" clients can be used to connect to the MSN and Yahoo! services. We will cover the "all in one" clients in part 4 of this series."

"First, we'll take a look at the Yahoo! client for Windows and see how its open source counterparts measure up. We'll look at the official Linux client for Yahoo! as well as a few open source clients. Next, we'll take a look at MSN and see what is available in the open source world for MSN-only clients."

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