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I've recently switched to Ubuntu from windows, and I'm looking for alternatives for GTalk and windows Live messenger.

So which chat client do you use most?

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Related:… – Jorge Castro Apr 15 '11 at 21:27

Pidgin will allow you to use almost any instant messaging protocol, which includes but not limits to GTalk and Windows Live Messenger. However, you may miss some WLM and/or GTalk functions/abilities.

Good luck!

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Empathy is pretty good as the default IM of Ubuntu 10.10 and their is always pidgin

sudo apt-get install pidgin
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