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#1 2012-04-27 07:41:29

2Karl
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Registered: 2012-03-25
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Alternatives to Pidgin

Hi all,

I use Pidgin for online communication using (predominantly) MSN and XMPP. It's more out of havbit than any conscious desire to use that particular software. Does anyone have any suggestions of alternative software to use which is potentially more lightweight than pidgin? The predominant protocol I want to use is XMPP / Google chat. I'd like the ability to transfer files over MSN if possible, though it's not of huge importance. Don't mind whether it's GTK or QT, as long as it doesn't pull in a load of hideous gnome / kde dependencies.

I should be clear that "lightweight" here does not necessarily mean "fits in 2K of ram", but rather "Does what I need without requiring a million and 1 extra libraries".

Suggestions? what do you guys use for chat?


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#2 2012-04-27 08:02:26

mrMute
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Registered: 2012-04-15
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Re: Alternatives to Pidgin

I had problems getting pidgin to work for facebook chat.

I'm using bitlbee + xchat now. (http://www.bitlbee.org)
It's a littlebit of fiddling around to setup:
You run bitlbee as a chat server and use it to connect to your accounts.
Then you connect to bitlbee using an IRC client.

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#3 2012-04-27 09:08:36

Awebb
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Registered: 2009-07-23
Posts: 2,812

Re: Alternatives to Pidgin

Have a look at finch and centerim.


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#4 2012-04-27 09:15:32

MekkaGodzilla
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From: Lyon, France
Registered: 2011-07-02
Posts: 18

Re: Alternatives to Pidgin

I use gajim, but it’s a xmpp client, meaning it will not connect directly to MSN. There are ways to bridge msn to a jabber provider though, if you happen to enjoy gajim as much as I do.

Last edited by MekkaGodzilla (2012-04-27 09:15:47)

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#5 2012-04-27 10:02:36

2Karl
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Registered: 2012-03-25
Posts: 216
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Re: Alternatives to Pidgin

To be honest, MSN is really a secondary concern. I only really use the chat to talk to two people primarily, and both are on xmpp.


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#6 2012-04-27 10:49:40

Eren
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From: Black Mesa
Registered: 2009-07-27
Posts: 830

Re: Alternatives to Pidgin

Gajim rocks! For jabber ofcourse.

Last edited by Eren (2012-04-27 10:50:31)

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#7 2012-04-27 17:24:43

ivanovnegro
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From: unstable madness
Registered: 2011-06-02
Posts: 5,432

Re: Alternatives to Pidgin

If I ever would chat again with programs I would use the CLI ones, some of them already mentioned here.

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#8 2012-04-27 22:16:13

sunfizz98
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From: su terminal
Registered: 2011-05-12
Posts: 1,876
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Re: Alternatives to Pidgin

mrMute wrote:

I had problems getting pidgin to work for facebook chat.

I'm using bitlbee + xchat now. (http://www.bitlbee.org)
It's a littlebit of fiddling around to setup:
You run bitlbee as a chat server and use it to connect to your accounts.
Then you connect to bitlbee using an IRC client.

Or you could use the public server and connect to it with irssi.

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#9 2012-04-27 22:21:28

machinebacon
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From: China
Registered: 2009-07-02
Posts: 6,826
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Re: Alternatives to Pidgin

centerim is excellent for text-only chat, but supports a handful of protocols.
gajim is xmpp, for voice.

Not so lightweight: If you happen to use gtk3, you can have a look at www.instantbird.com


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#10 2012-05-02 10:11:16

fortyseven
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From: Sector 7G
Registered: 2011-12-23
Posts: 514

Re: Alternatives to Pidgin

Finch is my choice for online communication; it has no GUI and runs in the CLI. Seems pretty lightweight to me.


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#11 2012-05-02 14:52:17

pvsage
Internal Affairs
From: North Carolina
Registered: 2009-10-18
Posts: 13,970

Re: Alternatives to Pidgin

^ No GUI?  So how do you see people's posts? tongue  (I assume its UI is something like Curses or NCurses?)

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#12 2012-05-03 00:57:38

Throne777
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From: UK
Registered: 2011-10-20
Posts: 165
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Re: Alternatives to Pidgin

I always found centerim to be a hassle. It was nerd-inducing fun from the point of view that using terminal based apps is always awesome (:D), but actually using it was always awkward, or at least, I felt it was; I certainly don't think it had any obvious advantages to say, empathy.


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#13 2012-05-03 07:23:55

2Karl
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Registered: 2012-03-25
Posts: 216
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Re: Alternatives to Pidgin

pvsage wrote:

^ No GUI?  So how do you see people's posts? tongue  (I assume its UI is something like Curses or NCurses?)

I haven't used finch, but my experience with other CLI based messengers is that there is no UI to speak of, you interface using a series of commands. Works pretty well in a limited fashion.


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