An open-source multi-protocol IM program with clean and simple design.
Pros & Cons:
Over the years there have been many different multi-protocol IM clients that have been developed and many have grown. However, for the average user, I would still recommend Pidgin (formerly Gaim).
It is still the simplest to use and has a very clean design that does not seem like it’s from the XP era. Currently it supports AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP and Zephyr. It also supports Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
Although development has not been as bullish as it used to be, it still provides a simple yet elegant design with lot of functionality. There also has been a constant update to fix bugs and security issues. The program is completely ad free and provides supports for various plugins, such as Skype IM protocol support, that you can add to the program.
But like any program there are still some limitations. One of the major drawbacks is that there is no support for voice or video. However if you are looking for a simple open-source multi-protocol IM program, Pidgin is for you.
Pidgin was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on