Reliable multi-protocol IM?

    ... with a wild roar, Pidgin fell again .

    You ask - why with a wild roar? Well, yes, why everyone fell and so understand. Eh ... A crash is a sound that is played by a script that starts pidgin after pidgin exits. Something like: "pidgin; play roar.mp3 ". Well, how else? Without this, while working in one virtual desktop, I don’t even know that pidgin fell in another one again .

    Interestingly, in nature there is a reliable multi-protocol IM for Linux in general?

    As a freelancer, I need to communicate with different customers, and they may have a variety of IMs. The minimum list of required protocols includes: AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, and Jabber. Keeping a zoo of different IM clients for different protocols is out of the question. Only two options remain: either use the multi-protocol IM client, or use the Jabber client with transports to other protocols.

    I have not tried using jabber transports, as I heard little good about the stability of their work. As a result, the impression was formed that they are suitable only in conditions when the main communication is in jabber, and other protocols are rarely needed, and their use is not critical - if they do not work now, it means there is an opportunity to do without them for several hours / days.

    The list of multi-protocol IM clients for Linux, according to the article “Comparison of instant messengers,” is quite short: CenterICQ , Pidgin , SIM , Kopete .

    The statistics of the recommendations on the hub are rather interesting: despite the fact that they like to blame Windows on the hub, Linux IM clients take 6th (Pidgin), 10th (Kopete) and 11th (SIM) places. Moreover, Pidgin leads with respect to Kopete and SIM with, respectively, a 3-fold and 4-fold margin.

    I used CenterICQ for a very long time, and was completely satisfied. Yes, the interface is not amazing, but the convenient console interface for the IM client is not so simple. But the stable operation and the ability to run in ssh-sessions completely redeemed the flaws of the interface. Unfortunately, CenterICQ development has been discontinued, and there are security issues in the latest version, so RIP CenterICQ. By the way, CenterICQ has a fork: CenterIM . In Gentoo, while all of its versions are marked as “unstable”, the project is still young, let's see what happens.

    When I looked for the IM client instead of CenterICQ, I looked at SIM and Pidgin (in those days it was called Gaim). The SIM was dropped very quickly: it “fell” several times during the first hour of use. Gaim also sometimes crashed, though usually when trying to manage a contact list. So, once having configured the contact list, and without touching it further without need, I got a fairly stable and convenient IM client.

    Unfortunately, Gaim was apparently quite changed / rewritten between versions 1.5.x and 2.xx. It clearly benefited the interface, and it stopped falling when managing the contact list. But unfortunately, instead, it began to crash when receiving some packets over the network. That muchworse! It’s worse because, firstly, now it crashes “on its own”, and secondly, errors of this kind are usually security holes. Correction of these errors is reported in ChangeLog of each new version of Pidgin, but it continues to fall.

    A few hours ago I upgraded to Pidgin 2.2.2. So far, the flight is normal. But I was stupid to look into his bugtracker, and I found two facts that really upset me: firstly, there are quite a lot of open bug reports about the fall of 2.2.2, and secondly, pidgin developers mark “minor” bug reports about the fall. These facts, together with the incessant falls over several versions, suggest that he will most likely fall for a very long time. :(

    In this regard, I had a question: can you advise me another multi-protocol IM client that works reliably, does not crash and does not have a bad history in terms of security problems? Alternative - maybe my impression of the unreliability of jabber transports is not true? Then advise, please, a reliable jabber server supporting all the protocols / transports I need and a reliable jabber client for Linux.

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