Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, GroupWise Messenger, and Zephyr networks.
Gaim is not exactly new – I’ve heard of it and I also have tried it couple of years ago. I did not like it at this time and never look at it again. In past couple of months, I am looking for better IM client for my AIM and I’ve been using AIMulation which is pretty good. However I remember about Gaim program and decide to give it a try. Obviously, it has been improved a lot over times since last time I tried it. Gaim is not add-on program like AIMulation, it is IM client like Trillian. (Multi-protocol IM)
Anyway, I am pleased with everything it has to offer overall including logging conversation and tabbed IM windows. Other things, as you know that AIM program itself usually don’t show symbol by each screen name if they are on T-Mobile Sidekick, cell phone, AOL member, AIM, ActiveBuddy interactive agent, and others. Gaim does better job representing for all those symbols plus it also support alias if you want to use it. There are a lot of other features in it, too.
Give it a try! http://gaim.sourceforge.net/
Grant W Laird, Jr.