hugh nicks
August 26th, 2003, 22:22
hope this isn't a repost. does anyone use any im software for freebsd? now that i've severed ties with william and crew, i realized that i had some people that i would chat to out of the country, and it's just more efficient than sending an email.

any thoughts would be great.


August 26th, 2003, 22:48
How about gaim (, Y! messenger (, and/or AIM( /usr/ports/net/aim ). There's also IRC if you're into that :-/, some of the most popular clients are XChat, and Bitch-X. You can find all of this software in the ports just invoke whereis with whatever you want.

whereis gaim
gaim: /usr/ports/net/gaim

hugh nicks
August 26th, 2003, 23:21
which one do u use socomm? if any? i'm looking more for people's personnal preferences. you know i've never used irc at all? for anything.
i wouldn't even know where to start!


August 26th, 2003, 23:38
I use gaim for AIM/MSN (Possible gone soon :()/Y! and I use irssi for IRC, gaim can do IRC but I don't like the feel, if you don't have a GUI for IM you can use centericq, I have had some bugs before but hopefully they've been fixed...

hugh nicks
August 27th, 2003, 00:41
I use gaim for AIM/MSN

gonna try it out tonight. thx for the tips.


August 27th, 2003, 09:44
i kinda like naim .. it's console based but kicks ass.

August 27th, 2003, 14:12
gaim is by far the most popular Open Source instant messenger. If you are looking for a nice instant messenger that intergrates well with KDE check out kopete (, I've only used it once it's not as polished, or as widely used as gaim but it intergrates well with the KDE Desktop. I'd say try all the messengers and deinstall( pkg_delete pakage )whichever you dont like.If you get an itch to chat with some of the SE guys joint hem on #screamingelectron :). Have fun!

August 27th, 2003, 14:28
I have LICQ installed on one machine but the port for the qt-gui is no longer there. I have used Kopete as well but it is really flaky when you use it in a windows manager other than KDE. I like LICQ the best but I have to download it from their site to install it now.

hugh nicks
August 27th, 2003, 20:16

found this while i was poking around. better than gaim i think. i've been using for a couple hours now, and it's slick. small install right into firebird. the author has gone to school, so there might not be too much more delopment done until next summer, but still a nice app to try out. it's only for msn, but if that's all you need....


August 27th, 2003, 22:06
IRC is the way to go for IM that works well, the channel based system makes it probably easier than any other IM software i'm aware of for group-based discussion (if that is what you are after). More likely to find techies on IRC than anywhere else on the net i find too =)

- dave

August 27th, 2003, 22:42
Kind of hate to break it to you but third party messengers wont work with MSN Messenger ( much longer. You could always switch to ICQ/AOL Instant messenger, Yahoo! or many other messenger services. IRC is a great place to meet people from all over the world however there is always the odd troll but then again trolls are everywhere this days :D.

August 27th, 2003, 23:11
if you irc then you can hang out with us in our channel.

Former Member
August 27th, 2003, 23:37
The guys at gaim are claiming they will still be able to access the msn servers, without licenses.... so i'm reserved on the comments released by msn atm.
I agree with the irc statements aswell, its the best way to go... just a better experience :)

August 27th, 2003, 23:40
if you irc then you can hang out with us in our channel.

BTW, thats at #screamingelectron