Which Linux (or multiplatform) messenger is good?

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rbaleksandar
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Hi, guys.

I'm facing a little problem here. Under Windows I used Miranda - fully customizable and supporting multiple protocols. But there's no Miranda under Linux or at least not a native one. So can someone give a suggestion about what (instant) messenger to use, which also supports multiple protocols (Jabber, ICQ, MSN, IRC etc. etc.) and is more or less customizable. I tried Empathy, which is very stable but that's all. Yes, it supports many protocols and even supports Video/Audio chat, but when it comes to customization, honestly, it sucks. Pidgin on the other hand has some support for plugins and you can even change the emoticons (which is damn hard omo), but I find it pretty unstable. Not to mention the awful UI with lots of unnecessary stuff or things that are well hidden and you have to blindly click here and there in order to discover them. I really can't understand how people can praise this messenger so much.

Thanks for the help! Smile

PS: Those of you who don't know Miranda (Windows only) - try it and see what I'm talking about. Big Grin

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I like Pidgin, but i agree it has many flaws.
Anyway, i tried Galaxium a while ago and it seemed very promising. Sadly it's development seems to be stagnated, but you might wanna give it a try anyway.
If you're on KDE, Kopete is a good alternative, but KDE4 versions are lacking IRC support for the time being, that may be a big drawback.

Aaand... i think that's all i know about multiprotocol programs I *do* like. If you find a better one, please share Smile

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Thanks. Nope, I'm using GNOME and nope, I don't know any better. That's why I'm asking. Big Grin I'll keep looking and asking. If I find something, I'll surely post it here. Smile

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Well, my criteria are totally different from others, but the multi client messenger that I have used for the past 7 years has been centericq/centerim.

Why? Works in screen so I can leave it on and connect from anywhere quickly and low bandwidth over ssh, and unlike finch does not have a horribly unintuitive and unusable user interface.

Finch feels like someone took a GUI interface and mapped it to the terminal.

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rbaleksandar
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Centerim doesn't support UTF8 (on the website it's written something about v5.x; now it's 4.22.7), which means no Cyrillic for me. But I can still give it a shot. It's a terminal app. Very nice. Smile Thanks!

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centerim does support UTF-8 - I've been using it for a while with french and japanese.

The only problem it has is with backspace. Apart from that, everything is fine.

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rbaleksandar
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Well, the FAQ says that it supports it somehow. And since you say that you write in Japanese in it... Big Grin

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Pidgin. The best of.

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