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Gaim is a communicator, it's Linux's competitor to MSN messenger and allows you to connect to MSN , Yahoo, AIM, ICQ and a whole range of other Instant Messenging services at the same time. It seems to go through various phases of being good and bad, I got annoyed with MSN Messenger a few winters back as it often seemed to be logging on and off, so I went in search of another communicator.
Gaim was mentioned to me as stable and reliable but the version I got was all over the shot, the boxes would not appear properly, some messages wouldn't go through and it was generally chaos. I eventually opted for meebo.com as it didn't involve downloading anything and I could also log in to different networks simultaneously.
I haven't gone back to GAIM but I didn't enjoy that experience, Linux won hands down when it came to browsers but have failed when it comes to communicators, I think. I may update this review in a month or so when I replace this computer's operating system with Ubuntu!
It just works ! I have used Gaim to connect to several networks (yahoo, msn, google Talk). It is quite mature and stable, and offers every features that matter.
-: INTRODUCTION :-
I discovered gaim as a built in messenger for Linux, but then a few months back I came across the program as a free download for windows. So I downloaded it, and installed it to my windows computer, and used it ever since, it is a reliable piece of software and is easy to get along with.
-: WHAT IS GAIM?:-
Gaim is a multi instant messenger which allows you to connect to multiple messenger services all in one go in one simple and easy to use program. It saves you from having all the messengers open and taking up extra usage on your computer, this is only ideal for those people that do some serious i.ming, no point installing this program if you only use one of the messengers.
There are of course some messengers I dont use and havent heard of, but still comes in handy for the rest I do use, and takes up little space on my desktop too. Although with using gaim I dont think there is a option for voice or video chats, which I dont tend to use anyway, but if there are people that do either of those then no point in using this.
You will find most things in gaim that you would normally find in messengers, like emoticons, email notifications, sounds, adding and deleting buddies etc. The messages you receive are all in one container, instead of having loads of message boxes all over the place on your computer they are tucked up in one message window. You can be notified of a message either by the sounds or by the flashing box on your taskbar, the email notification will show up in a box on your desktop informing you of new mail.
-: DOWNLOADING AND INSTALLING GAIM :-
You can download gaim from www.download.com it only takes a few minutes depending on your connection speed. Once you have downloaded it, click on the installation icon, and follow the steps for the installation, it only takes a few minutes to.
-: SETTING UP GAIM :-
Setting up is simple, just click on the gaim icon, then you will notice a box with the options of, accounts, preferences, and sign on, also 2 drop down boxes, one for the account, and the other one for password. First of all you need to setup your preferences so do that now, before adding your accounts. Once that I done then you can start adding your accounts, to do this just click on accounts, and click add, another box will appear letting you choose your protocol, and letting you add your login, username, and alias, for each messenger you use. You can also choose to remember the password, auto login, and mail notifications; also there is more options for each messenger, which is to do with proxy servers.
Once you have done with the adding of your accounts its time to get connected, if you havent got them on auto login, then just click inside the online box on the accounts window next to the messenger you want to connect to, it will ask you for your password, type in your password, and your online, simple as that, do the same procedure with the rest of them. The auto login just saves you the time of clicking the box to each messenger, instead when you open gaim it will just open up all the messengers that you want to connect to, and you just put in your password.
When you have gaim up and running, at the top there is some more options, like, buddies this will allow you to add, delete buddies, in fact anything to do with your buddies will be here. Tools here you will find such things as accounts, away, account actions, plug-in actions, file transfers, preferences, privacy, and system logs. Then you have the help, which gives you help about using gaim.
-: FINAL OPINION :-
Well I am happy in using this especially when I want to use more then one messenger, it is easy to use, and easy to setup to, and I like the way it combines all the messages into one window. Also that I dont have to have a lot of programs open and running to chat to people, which takes up a lot of usage on my computer and slows it down. And of course its free. You can also shut down account that you dont want to be connected to anymore just like any other messenger.
If anyone wants my msn, ICQ, or yahoo address please dont hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for reading this hope it is helpful.