TITLE

There's a new Gaim in town

AUTHOR(S)
Caton, Michael
PUB. DATE
October 2004
SOURCE
eWeek;10/18/2004, Vol. 21 Issue 42, p58
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents information on instant messaging (IM). People using public instant messaging networks knows, running multiple clients on the desktop is too much of a hassle--or was until last month. That's when the Gaim open-source, multiprotocol IM client project released Version 1.0. At the core, Gaim does what an IM client needs to do: send text messages with all the attendant goofy IM features, such as emoticons. The buddy pounce feature is the best because it allowed me to set an action, such as send an IM message as soon as a buddy logged on. Plug-ins fill many feature gaps. There's also a nice Apple iChat-like time-stamp feature that some people will find helpful, although logging also captures time stamps on chats. One of the more interesting plug-ins now under development is a tool to bring IBM Lotus Instant Messaging protocol support to Gaim, including the ability to launch Web conferences from the client. However, Gaim is still missing some features relative to the clients that it replaces.
ACCESSION #
15028262

 

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