[olug] Instant messaging

David Walker linux_user at grax.com
Sat Jan 27 20:09:15 UTC 2001

For me the 3rd item is chat.  I don't really use instant messaging.  When
communicating with people I don't know I prefer the less intrusive IRC.
With people I do know I use email and telephone.

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Hostetler [mailto:thehaas at binary.net]
Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2001 11:47 AM
To: olug at bstc.net
Subject: [olug] Instant messaging

This is mostly a discussion that I want to start, as opposed
to a config problem, etc.

I believe in the Law Of Threes - meaning that if something is
going to come along that is going to change our lives, it
needs to do it in at least three ways.  For the Internet, we
now have the web and email, but what is the third?  Some believe
that it is instant messaging.  I'm not so sure, but I
believe that it will be something like a combo of instant
messaging and Napster.

Anyway, what I was really wondering, is what kind of instant
messaging do people in OLUG use?  My issue is that I have
some friends that use Yahoo Messenger, others use ICQ.  For
that, I use Everybuddy (http://www.everybuddy.com), which
supports ICQ, AIM, and Yahoo.  It works pretty well, but it
only allows file transfers between Everybuddy users.
Also, you have to have an account at ICQ, Yahoo, etc., for
it to work (which only makes sense, I guess).

And what about Jabber?  It seems like a cool idea - an open
source instant messaging framework.  I grabbed the RPM for
Gabber (http://gabber.sourceforge.net), which started out at
the "official" Linux/Gnome Jabber client and it says it
also supports ICQ and Yahoo, but I never got them all to
work.  Does anyone here use it???  (I should also state that
newest Everybuddy support Jabber, and it does seem to work,
after I manually edited the prefs file).

Also, since I'm talking about it . . . my info is:
ICQ - 75415693
Jabber and Yahoo -  thehaas
AIM - thehaas1 (someone stole my handle!!!)

okay, now discuss!!


Mike Hostetler
thehaas at binary.net
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