As stated above. I need something similar to Google talk and it should be more stable than empathy. I dont like Pidgin, for it's interface makes it difficult to set statuses more often... Please let me have the entire list of IM clients that run on Ubuntu.

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Google Talk uses the XMPP (Jabber) standardized protocol; the following is a complete list of the IM clients in the Ubuntu repositories which should support Google Talk.

Please note that some of these are command-line (console) clients; I have highlighted the ones I know are graphical (or GUI) in bold:

ayttm - Universal instant messaging client
barnowl - A curses-based tty Jabber, IRC, AIM  and Zephyr client
centerim - A text-mode multi-protocol instant messenger client
ekg2 - instant messenger and IRC client for UNIX systems
finch - text-based multi-protocol instant messaging client
freetalk - console based Jabber client
gajim - Jabber client written in PyGTK
jwchat - a full featured, web-based Jabber chat client
kadu - Gadu-Gadu/XMPP client for X11
kopete - instant messaging and chat application
licq - multi-protocol instant messaging client (base files)
licq-plugin-jabber - Jabber plug-in for Licq
mcabber - small Jabber (XMPP) console client
pidgin - graphical multi-protocol instant messaging client for X
psi - Jabber client using Qt
psi-plus - Qt-based jabber client (basic version)
qutim - multi-protocol instant messenger
sendxmpp - commandline XMPP (jabber) utility
tkabber - GUI client for XMPP (Jabber) instant messaging protocol

Well those 2 are the best, but there are others like Goober Instant Messenger.

KOPETE is quite good to, not sure if it suports gtalk to be honest.

  • Why not a Google messenger? I wonder why they went to the 'cloud' and emphasize using the web browser... empathy has mood swings. It connects to gtalk when it likes to.
    – melvincv
    Jul 26, 2012 at 12:49
  • because it is better on the web. you open your browser, log in and then you can minimize it and you get popups like you would be on a real messenger. all with no additional programs.
    – Mihai
    Jul 26, 2012 at 13:06
  • Do I get popups? Maybe only on google chrome...
    – melvincv
    Jul 26, 2012 at 14:07

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