Three alternative Linux instant messaging applications
Posted by: Anonymous
on February 27, 2008 01:45 AM
Instant Messaging clients are a serious weak spot of Linux. None of these clients are really viable alternatives to Windows or Mac apps.
I think IM clients represent a big disconnect between developers and end users. Developers seem to only use IM clients to instant message and nothing else; whereas end users use IM clients for webcam chats, voice chats, phone calls, games, etc.
It might seem minor, but it is a really big issue to many users. I, myself, (an avid Kubuntu user) will switch back into Windows in order to use ICQ to play games and video chat with my friends. The functionality is just not there in Linux. Will it ever be? It doesn't seem that way. :(