|I guess I wasn't hip
enough to know about one of the most popular new messengers. I had
to be told about Gaim.
Gaim supports old accounts on
Jabber, Yahoo!, Gadu-Gadu and GroupWise. This means you can use an
existing account from any of these programs, and it will even load up your
One thing that caught my eye was the tabs. I could easily switch
between one conversation to another using tabs instead of having multiple
windows taking up space on the desktop.
The makers of Gaim are smart enough to add a lot of the configurations
that each of the messenger programs have. For example, I can see the
profile pictures from Yahoo right on the buddy list. As well, those weird
symbols people add in their name for MSN
Messenger are taken care of with some settings.
This program is sure to compete with other multi-messenger programs
such as Trillian. Gaim has an advantage because
it supports a wider group of operating systems and platforms, not to
mention that Gaim is open source.