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Review of Gaim 2.0 Beta 2 Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Macintosh OS X, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Linux)

February 6, 2006

Gaim just went from Beta 1 to Beta 2 with this new release of the long waited for Gaim 2.0. Gaim supports a ton of protocols:

We’ve been using 1.5.0 for a while, so we decided to see how 2.0 is. Here’s what we found:Voice: None. OK, this is bad. Right now, vv (Voice and Video) isn’t implemented into Gaim. There is good news for Linux users however, because two guys put together Gaim VV (No Longer Supported). You can also get Phone Gaim (but it never worked for me).
Video: None. OK, this is bad. Right now, vv (Voice and Video) isn’t implemented into Gaim. There is good news for Linux users however, because two guys put together Gaim VV (No Longer Supported).
File Transfer: Not tested.
Smileys: Great! It uses the smileys for each protocol (so you use Yahoo! smileys when talking to Y! users).
Games: None.
Interface: Good. We can live with the interface.
Bottom Line: How could you not like the new one? Because of no Skype support. Also because of the lack of VV. But that will change in 2.5. Meanwhile, why not get Skype?

Gaim 1.5.0 For Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Macintosh OS X, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Linux
Gaim 2.0 Beta 2 For Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Macintosh OS X, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Linux

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Gaim

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Review of Yahoo! Messenger 7.0.0.426 (Windows XP, Macintosh OS X, FreeBSD 4.5, Linux RedHat 6.2, 7.2, 8, 9 and Debian Woody)

February 6, 2006

We have a few Yahoo! friends, so we decided to download the free messenger. Here’s what we found:

Voice: Subpar. We don’t really like it as much as Skype. However, it does have nice voice confrencing.
Video: Not tested.
File Transfer: Not tested.
Smileys: Great! Yahoo! also supports animated smileys.
Games: Bad. Chess and checkers are the best games, so you understand what it’s games are like.
Interface: Subpar. ‘Nough said.
Bottom Line: The entire messenger was OK. However, the Yahoo! 360 popup at every startup was too much for us. We prefer Gaim and Skype.

Yahoo! Messenger 7.0.0.426 For Windows

Yahoo! Messenger 2.5.3 For Macintosh
Yahoo! Messenger For FreeBSD 4.5, Linux RedHat 6.2, 7.2, 8, 9 and Debian Woody 1.0.4

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Yahoo! Messenger