Jitsi

Free messenger client supporting audio and video chats

Jitsi is a free messenger client that supports most major protocols and even supports video and audio conversations. View full description

PROS

  • Supports a wide range of IM protocols
  • Supports audio and video chats
  • Simple to setup and use

CONS

  • Beta version may be unstable

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Jitsi is a free messenger client that supports most major protocols and even supports video and audio conversations.

Simply choose the IM protocol that you'd like to connect to from a selection that includes SIP, Google Talk, XMPP/Jabber, MSN or Windows Live Messenger, AIM, Bonjour, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger and Facebook chat. In the main window, you'll find all your personal contacts.

In the Jitsi chat window, you can exchange IM messages or initiate video or audio chats, including group chats. There are a limited number of emoticons and Jitsi keeps a history of your chats. Although the interface isn't particularly intuitive, the fact that you can initiate audio and video chats gives it a serious advantage over many slicker IM clients.

Note that this download link takes you to the nightly build page because Jitsi is being updated so regularly, that you can choose the latest version more easily.

Jitsi might not be quite as slick as other IM clients but is a serious alternative to classics like Miranda.

Jitsi

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Jitsi Beta 1 1.0

— User reviews — about Jitsi

  • sluimers

    by sluimers

    "Best IM for Linux of 2011. Most promising IM of 2011."

    Jitsi seems to beat most IM's when it comes to being multiplatform and multi-client. For Linux Jitsi beats Pidgin as an... More.

    reviewed on October 3, 2011

  • Matt Perkins

    by Matt Perkins

    "Power Video Chat Client"

    Being able to video chat on any IM network is nice adding extra security like Jitsi is even nicer. Who doesn't want as m... More.

    reviewed on June 9, 2011