About houseforge: In this series I recommend tools that meet certain criteria: they have to be free of charge, useful or fun, and they have to work at least on both linux and windows.
Suggestions are welcome
The last houseforge recommendation brought you keepass. It's been over a year since that post, more than 12 months since I promised regular postings.
Shamefully admit I didn't live up to that promise. However, this month I present
The houseforge recommendation for November 2007!
It's all about the internets these days, so this time I ask you to take a look at pidgin:
|Multi-platform, multi-protocol instant messenger|
Pidgin IM runs on
Quote from: http://pidgin.im/about/
Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unixes.
It claims to support these IM protocols (copied from their homepage, (comments) added):
- Google Talk
- IRC (ok, not really IM but oh well, it's used for chatting)
- XMPP (a.k.a. jabber)
This is a mighty long list!
And now for a long list of screenshots (taken from: softpedia, snapfiles, softonic, and naturally, pidgin.im; and from friends), this list is in no particular order:
Pidgin supports so many protocols, works on several platforms, has a cute mascot (similar to our cody), and their irc support channel was responsive. If you are looking an all-in-one solution to your platform-agnostic IM needs, I am positive Pidgin IM is for you!
Once I get GnuPG into pidgin I will use it for almost all (nothing can beat xchat for irc yet) my chatty purposes, and it is looking good because there already is an encryption plugin for pidgin.