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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The Gaim 2.0 release is nearing its home stretch. The Gaim team released beta4 last week, with a number of new features and UI improvements. Gaim 2.0 is shaping up as a net improvement over Gaim 1.5, though some features have not changed for the better, and voice support for Google Talk is still missing in action.
Gaim 2.0 has been in beta for a while now, since last December to be specific. It may be some time before Gaim 2.0 final (or even beta4) filters down to the stable release of a distro near you. The Gaim project has released source tarballs and RPMs for a few Fedora Core releases, and a few versions for Windows as well. If Gaim packages aren't available for your distro, just download the source tarball, uncompress it, and run ./configure and then make as a regular use, and then make install as root or using sudo. However, before installing from source, be sure to uninstall Gaim if it's already installed on your system.
What's new in Gaim 2.0
Gaim's list of supported protocols has changed a bit in the 2.0 series.