Chat Clients : A mini shootout

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  1. GNUrag

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    On request from Ricky, i am doing a small shootout of chat clients in linux/unix environment. However this list is about the clients that i have used.

    Chat Clients : A mini shootout

    1) Unix Talk
    This one is the most basic chat program available for all the unix geeks since ages. First developed by AT&T and introduced with in 70's with version 1 of AT&T UNIX, the Unix Talk program became a rage among the techies of that age. It is still used very widely. I myself am accessible on talk anytime during the day.
    Guys you should use this atleast once. You'll fall in love instantly!!!

    Clients:
    $ talk
    $ write , $ wall

    2) IRC
    Perhaps IRC is the most widely used chat program in the world. First developed and introduced in early 90's, IRC opened the gates of internet to non-geek people. Someone asked me a while back that, "Where do you live anurag ?" ................. and i said: "freenode.net"

    Clients i use:Gaim, Kopete

    3) Jabber
    Jabber is a free instant messaging platform which is distributed in nature and can be setup be any organization unlike the highly centralised nature of other networks like MSN/ICQ/Yahoo!... FSF-India server has jabber server installed where i normally have to hang around.

    Clients i use: Kopete (very nice client !!!!!)

    4) Yahoo, MSN, ICQ
    Do i have to say anything about these? Despite these being proprietary technologies, i still have to use these networks to keep in touch with my friends who dont prefer irc.

    Clients i use: aMSN, ymessenger(for linux)

    ps: this is a list of programs that i have used and prefer. and in no way is this list complete. If you have any favourite client then please share it with us!
     
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    since its a shootout , u could tell us from ur experience if all the prog from windows , eg yahoo,msn , have all the features like webcam , voice , archives , avatars in linux version too . plus whats the future of IMs in linux , are there secured IMs with encryption ? what abt mobile to IM ?

    i know its a lot of questions , if answered , i hope it helps ricky's project
     
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    isnt there something like 'netsend' in linux ..
    one guy i knew was trying to work on it !!
     
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    I wrote there about the Unix talk program... its much much better than netsend. With talk, two way chat is possible...

    @klinux, why dont you guys write about it ?
     
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    True. i can remember the old days, well few years back actually ;) in college 'talk' was the most frequently used tool by us for chatting locally over telnet :)

    Its amazing over the networks for chatting....

    :)
     
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    Yahoo chat client

    Zinc (supports Anti-Booting) : zinc.sf.net
    :D
     
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    I use ymessenger, Xchat and kopete. Kopete as gnu said is gr8 and has some eyecandy. With Xchat you will never miss mirc (but still no invision :( ). Ymessenger well you know it :)
     
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    for the time being, amsn and ymessenger do not support webcam/voice. well, both supports archives. amsn do support avatars.
     
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