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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 more.

  • xchat: IRC client for the X window system:

    Figure 10-2. X-Chat

    The home page is at SourceForge.

  • 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 more.

  • psi: jabber client, see the PSI Jabber Client Homepage.

  • skype: program for making telephone-like calls over the Internet to other Skype users, see for more info. Skype is free but not open.

  • Gizmo: a free (but not open) phone for your computer, see

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