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, and Zephyr networks. Gaim users can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time and in the same tabbed window! Gaim supports many features of the various networks, such as file transfer, custom away messages, typing notification, and MSN window closing notification. It also goes beyond that and provides many unique features. A few popular features are Buddy Pounces, which give the ability to notify you, send a message, play a sound, or run a program when a specific buddy goes away, signs online, or returns from idle; and plugins, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker, extended message notification, iconify on away, and more. The latest version of Gaim is known as Pidgin. Gaim comes with Ubuntu until Ubunutu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn). Many of the information below also applies to Pidgin.
Gaim is available in the Main repository. This package can be installed in a number of ways: through Adept Manager, Synaptic, or in a terminal. Refer to InstallingSoftware for further instructions.
Setting up Gaim
Start Gaim with: Applications -> Internet -> Gaim Internet Messenger Before you can use Gaim you need existing accounts with one of the following protocols. Gaim supports:
- AIM (Create an account )
- ICQ (Create an account)
- Gadu-Gadu (create an account using the official client)
- GroupWise (See your Novell server administrator)
- IRC (see XChatHowto)
- Jabber (Create an account)
- MSN (Create an account)
- Yahoo (Create an account)
If you do not have any IM account you need to create an account one first, use the links above. Fill out your account information. Online connects or disconnects you from the server. Auto-login will automatically login to the IM-server when you start Gaim.
Buddy icons meaning
To manually compile a copy of Gaim (for testing Beta releases or upgrading before the Ubuntu .deb package is available) please see CompileGaim
Pidgin is the latest evolution of Gaim. Here is some specific information.
Pidgin is not yet available through Ubuntu repositories. However, it is available through a third-party .deb package. For more instructions, see How To Install Pidgin 2
Setting up Pidgin
- If you installed Pidgin 2,
Start Pidgin with: Applications -> Internet -> Pidgin Internet Messenger
- Configuration is similar to what is described above for Gaim