Centericq 4.21.0 review

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Centericq is a text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface that supports the ICQ200

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 1711K
Developer: Konstantin Klyagin
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Centericq is a text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface that supports the ICQ2000, Yahoo!, AIM, IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu and Jabber protocols. Actually, it was written since I didn't find any usable software of this kind that would suit me perfectly. Brief list of program's features follows.

Here are some key features of "Centericq":
ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu and Jabber are supported
Sending, receiving and forwarding events
Command line parameters for sending events through an already running instance
Mass-sending events
Contact list groups support
Configurable sounds for specific events and users
External programs to process incoming events
Viewing users' personal data
Updating self user info
List of ignored users
Configurable servers' hostnames and port numbers
Ability to use http proxy (method CONNECT; optionally with proxy auth) to connect to IM servers

ICQ support:
Sending and receiving messages, URLs, contacts and SMSes
Receiving e-mail express and web pager messages
Delivery of SMSes through e-mail gateways supported by Mirabilis
Sending SMSes to any phone numbers, feature to send from the command line
Searching for users by their UINs, through White Pages and by keywords
Random chat: searching for availble persons and setting own chat group
Registering of new UINs
Setting own and reading others' away messages
Server-based contact lists
Controllable visibility and invisibility for specific users
Peer-to-peer port range specification

Yahoo! support:
File transfers
Fetching of custom status messages
Typing notifications
Searching for users through directory

Jabber support:
Users directory search
SSL secured connections
vCard information: both fetching and updating
Registration on services supported by server
Invisible mode

IRC support:
Support for private and channel-wide chat
Showing IRC contacts on the list as well as detecting their being online
Advanced user listing modes
NickServ authentification support
File transfers
The PING command
Password protected channels

Other futures:
Integrated RSS-feeds reader
Builds and works under Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Sun Solaris, Windows and MacOS X/Darwin
Script for migrating contact list and history from licq, kxicq2, gnomeicu and micq
Logging of program's actions
Re-reading the configuration on-fly if changed
Extensive and interesting documentation
The friendly and active users community at the fan-club site

What's New in This Release:
AIM changed its protocol again, so all TOC clients did not work. This release fixes the inability to connect to the AIM network.
Some Jabber bugs were fixed. PGP works better, and it's also possible to connect to Google Talk. Ian Johannesen sent the patch for the latter.
Chat window cycling patch from Iulian Ciorascu was applied. Don't forget to update your keybindings file if you want to use it. Simply add the following two lines to it:
bind editor cn next_chat
bind editor cb prev_chat
Applied two patches from David Riebenbauer. One makes centericq change Jabber status to unavailable before disconnecting, and adds coloring of contacts according to the procotol (configurable from the configuration dialog).
Since autoconf/automake authors finally started to maintain backward compatibility, I've updated the cicqsync so that it uses the current versions of the tools. The reason is that running specific versions for better compatibility doesn't work anymore

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