Gaim 2.0.0 Beta 5 review

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GaimGaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
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Developer: Gaim Team
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GaimGaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows.

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, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time.

Gaim supports many features of the various networks, such as file transfer, 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, spell checking, tabbed conversations, and more.

Gaim runs on a number of platforms, including Windows, Linux, and Qtopia (Sharp Zaurus and iPaq).

Gaim integrates well with GNOME 2 and KDE 3.1's system tray, as well as Windows's own system tray. This allows you to work with Gaim without requiring the buddy list window to be up at all times.

Gaim is under constant development, and releases are usually frequent. The latest news regarding Gaim can be found on the news page.

What's New in This Release:
Significant improvements to the reliability of connection detection code from Beta 4, especially for users of Windows 2000 and Windows Vista, and
certain XP users.
The preferences dialog has been reorganized slightly, with a new "Interface" tab to reduce the clutter in the "Conversations" tab.
The tray icon is now configurable. Users can disable the icon entirely, or configure it to show only when messages are waiting.
A preference has been added to play sounds only when unavailable, in addition to always or only when available.
Added the ability to drag and drop icons on buddies in the buddy list to override the buddy icon shown there.
(This does not replace the icon shown in the tooltip.)
QQ protocol support is now available for Windows Gaim.
The Windows Gaim Tcl plugin loader has been improved to reduce problems caused by having cygwin in the PATH.
The text replacement plugin has been fixed to handle words containing apostrophes properly again.
Added the ability for gaim text users to map actions to keystrokes, and fixed many other keymapping related bugs.
Many other stability and UI improvements for gaim text.
Several improvements have been made to DBUS support to
improve its stability and reliability.
Several compilation fixes for users of Solaris.
Several translations have been updated: Albanian, Burmese (Myanmar), Chinese (Traditional), English (British), Esperanto, Estonian, Galego, German, Persian, Slovenian

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