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FreeOS.com: Gaim: The game for AOL Instant Messaging on Linux

Aug 12, 2001, 19:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shiv Chadha)

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"Last time I had looked at Licq, a solution for your ICQ needs on Linux. I was supposed to follow up the next with a review of an AOL IM client. As you can see, I ended up taking a bit longer than a week! This week I take a look at a client that'll help you keep in touch with all your "Buddys" on AOL Instant Messenger. Like with ICQ, the only official version available is a Java client. Once again, the lack of an official native client is not much of a problem and there are several Linux clones for you to choose from. The one that I am taking a look at is Gaim, a feature rich, easy to use and lightweight client for AOL.

Gaim incidentally is a perfect demonstration of open source at its best, originally started by one developer, it has evolved into a project involving several people, and which continues to develop further and further, despite the fact that the original developer has not worked on it for a long time. Gaim is also currently involved in dispute with AOL, the latter has served a notice on the authors for creating a name 'confusingly' similar to AOL's AIM. Catch up on the latest at their site.

Gaim is available from www.gaim.sourceforge.net. As always there are a number of packages you can choose from and if you can't get one specifically built for your distribution you could always go with a source tarball. Also Gaim is bundled with a number of Linux distributions, so look around, you may just find it already there (try typing Gaim in an X terminal). If you are of course running an old version of your distribution you would probably want to go over to the site and pick up the latest copy of Gaim, so that you don't miss out on all the cool new features."

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