The Right Tool: Giam, an open source multi-protocol IM client

Right Tool - Giam, an IM client

Gaim is an open source multi-protocol IM client. It gives you one convenient package for housing all of your IM accounts. While it has all the basic IM features it is missing many of the newer ones (such as integrated VOIP). While some people may miss these features, for many users they are more an annoyance than a feature. Also, many corporate environments may allow IM for their employees, but do not want everything available with the major clients. Gaim in its original incarnation was created to bring support for all the various IM infrastructures to Linux, in one convenient package. Since then it has been expanded to have support for most major operation systems including Windows. It is this version we will be looking at today.

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By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.