For those who haven’t been paying attention, you might not know that I use different chat client systems, but hate, loathe, detest every OEM chat client I’ve seen — too much bloat, “features” I don’t want, flashy moving things of any kind, etc. I quit using those a long time ago, when I moved to jabber clients and servers that let me use those systems without using those clients.
When I moved to Kubuntu, I tried out Kopete, which natively runs on all the networks I want without requiring my registration a jabber server — some of those gateways weren’t all that reliable, due, in part, to shenanigans on the part of the networks who would tweak the protocols without notice just to break third-party access. Kopete has worked well under KDE. Under Windows, I’ve been using Pidgin, which has worked pretty well as well.
Now, I’m considering moving my other accounts over as well. I like having just one client, but I also don’t like moving from a client that’s doing what I want. We’ll see how things turn out.