Like other Operating systems, there are some great Instant messengers for Linux. These IM’s comes with features like any other, including custom emoticons, web-cam support, nudges, themes, plugins, customizations and lots more. Here’s a list of 10 Best Instant messengers for Linux, I hope it comes in handy.
Pidgin (used to be known as Gaim) is a great IM (Instant messenger) for Linux/Unix and other OS. You can easily connect to services like AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, MySpaceIM and much more through it at one time.
aMSN is a popular open source IM client which acts as a MSN clone. The look and feel is almost like Msn Messenger and supports offline Messaging, display pictures, emoticons, webcams, file transfers, tabbed chat windows, conferencing etc. It’s also gives you the ability to sign-in to more than 1 account at a time.
Mercury is another nifty instant messenger for Linux that work great. It features, fast file transfer, multiple accounts sign in, offline messaging, webcam, customizable emoticons, status icons, display pictures, yahoo contacts & much more.
Psi is a free instant messaging software that lot of linux users are playing with right now. It offers full unicode support, file transfer, customizable emoticons, works with Google talk, ability to send and receive messages in virtually any language and much more.
Monkey Messenger is an open source MSN client written using the MONO framework, gtk+ and the and a modified version of the DotMSN library. Their main concern is to replace MSN messenger client with all the features which are already provided in earlier versions of MSN. It features, Display pictures, tabbed chat windows, emoticons, nudges and loads more.
Empathy supports multi-protocol services including Jabber, Gtalk, MSN, IRC, Salut, and all supported by pidgin. With a accound editor, away messages, auto re-connect, smilies, spell check, voice and video call, private/group chats etc, it’s can be a good choice for your IM needs.
Skype is one of the best IM’s out there. I’ve been using it for more than a year and still going good. With it’s group chats, emoticons (Doesn’t support custom emoticons yet), conferencing, history logs etc, it’s becomes a strong contender along with others.
Emesene is an open source IM designed for use with Microsoft’s .NET messenger service. It replicates the functions and look of the Windows Live Messenger but in a simpler, cleaner and easier to use interface. Features include, tabbed chat, custom emoticons, file transfering, nudges, customization for themes – smileys – clouds – GUI- conversation format, support for MSN Plus, plugins and more.
KMess is a another MSN alternative for linux giving you the ability to chat with users who are using .NET messenger service. It focuses on MSN specfic features and with a clean / easy to use interface. It’s a free softwares, licensed under GPL and offer features like fast file transfer, custom emoticons, nudges, offline messaging, colorful chat styles, live email notifications, Now Playing” support for several Audio Players etc.
Kopete is an KDE based IM with supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and more. It offers group messaging within a window with tabs, mutliple accounts log-in option, Alias nicknames for contacts, grouping, logging conversations, custom emoticons support, notifications, MSN and yahoo webcam support, spell checking and more.