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12. Great Programs That Aren’t on the CD > 12.10. Instant Messaging with Gaim

Instant Messaging with Gaim

Chapter 6 covered the multi-network IM program Kopete because it is a KDE application and comes on the Move CD. But Gaim, another IM alternative, is actually the grand-daddy of all open source IM programs and the one I still prefer. Gaim runs the protocols for all the major networks, such as AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC, and so on. Just as with Kopete, you can be logged onto different networks at the same time. And it runs on Windows, making it a great, free alternative to other multi-network IM clients you might have to pay for. And when you’re finally ready to switch over to Linux entirely, Gaim will be just one more application you’re already familiar with.

Gaim’s web site is http://gaim.sourceforge.net, and information on the Windows version can be found at http://gaim.sourceforge.net/win32/index.php. There are links on this page to download a Windows version with or without GTK. GTK is a requirement to run the program, so unless you already have GTK installed on Windows (which is unlikely unless you installed the Windows version of the GIMP), you should probably choose the download with GTK.


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