10.3.5. Chatting and conferencing
Various clients and systems are available in each distribution,
replacing the old-style IRC text-based chat. A short and incomplete
list of the most popular programs:
gaim: multi-protocol instant messaging
client for Linux, Windows and Mac, compatible with MSN Messenger,
ICQ, IRC and much more; see the Info pages or
the Gaim site for
xchat: IRC client for the X window
The home page is at
aMSN: an MSN clone.
Konversation, kopete, KVIrc and many other
K-tools from the KDE suite.
gnomemeeting: videoconferencing program
for UNIX (now Ekiga).
jabber: Open Source Instant Messenging
platform, compatible with ICQ, AIM, Yahoo, MSN, IRC, SMTP and much
psi: jabber client, see
the PSI Jabber Client Homepage.
skype: program for making telephone-like
calls over the Internet to other Skype users, see
more info. Skype is free but not
Gizmo: a free (but not open)
phone for your computer, see