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Pidgin


Product Shot 1 The Pros:Free. Supports a lot of protocols. Doesn't take a lot of resources.

The Cons:No video/audio chat. Rough interface. Not as slick as more commercial programs. Can't easily launch IRC chat.

A lightweight IM client which is open-source and supports Direct IM transfers, Buddy Alliasing, and many different protocols. Builds are avalible for Windows, Linux and Mac.

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Pros
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    Free

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    Supports a lot of protocols

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    Doesn't take a lot of resources

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    Modular architecture means it can be extended easily

  • 6

    UI is much cleaner than most commercial IM apps (no ads)

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    Options available: "Show buddy when offline"

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    available for all major operating systems

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    extensive set of built-in plugins

Cons
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    No video/audio chat

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    Rough interface. Not as slick as more commercial programs

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    Can't easily launch IRC chat

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Manzabar
Manzabar: #pidgin @stuff: Most likely people are using it under Windows and while it works, it tends to look terrible under Windows. Sure there are ways to fix it, but they're not built-in and/or extremely easy. Oct 15, 08
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Erik
Erik: #pidgin Kudos, Manzabar. Just missed you in the chat channel. Oct 15, 08
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Manzabar
Manzabar: #pidgin @Erik: In Pidgin, use the "Join a Chat" option under the Buddies menu. Oct 15, 08
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Erik
Erik: #pidgin Quick question: How do you easily launch the IRC chat window once it's closed? When I first setup the IRC channel, a conversation with "Freenode-Connect" pops up, but once I close it, the only way to re-open it is to disable and then re-enable the IRC account. Oct 15, 08
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stuuf
stuuf: #pidgin Why do so many people think the interface is "rougher" than commercial programs? Compared to the official AIM and Yahoo clients I find pidgin is a lot simpler to use and doesn't get in your way as much. Oct 2, 08
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skeet
skeet: #pidgin If your a windows user but want a app that looks like mac's Adium. Pidgin is your answer Jul 10, 08
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digitalscrap.net
digitalscrap.net: #pidgin Cute logo for the app! Jun 21, 08
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