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This page lists most common instant messaging clients that you can find in gNewSense.
XChat is a popular full-featured Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client. It supports all the common functionalities that are found in most other IRC clients, including CTCP, DCC file transfers and chats. Supporting various languages (including C/C++, Perl, Python, Tcl, Ruby, Lua, CLISP etc.), its good plugin system allows to extend the features and customize the functionalities of XChat.
More on the XChat's official website: http://xchat.org/.
A very useful mini-guide which briefly describes how to configure X-Chat to connect to Freenode in different ways as possible (clear, via SSL, via Tor+SASL):
How to configure XChat to connect to Freenode (English translation)
Come configurare XChat per collegarsi a Freenode (original version, in Italian)
Ekiga is a VoIP and videoconferencing application which supports both the SIP and H.323 (based on OPAL) protocols and is fully interoperable with any other SIP compliant application and with Microsoft NetMeeting. Ekiga supports also a loto of high-quality audio and video codecs.
More on the Ekiga's official website: http://www.ekiga.org/.
Empathy is a multi-protocol instant messaging client, which supports inter-application communication including Google Talk (Jabber/XMPP), MSN, IRC, AIM, Facebook, Yahoo!, ICQ and QQ and more. Also, it supports text, voice, video and file transfers.
More on the Empathy's official website: http://live.gnome.org/Empathy/.