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Instantbird: Mozilla-based instant messaging

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Instantbird is a new instant messaging application that merges two powerful open source projects: XULRunner, the stand-alone version of Firefox browsing engine; and libpurple, the library that gives Pidgin its ability to connect to most of the existing instant messaging networks.

The first development release, 0.1, provides the very basic functionality of what we have come to expect from an instant messaging application. On first run, an account wizard pops up to add your first IM account from any of the 16 networks libpurple supports. Enter your username, password and you are good to go.

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Also: Firefox update available now

Florian Queze and Quentin Castier on Instantbird

Florian Queze and Quentin Castier kindly agreed to a brief interview to let us all know some more about Instantbird, the Mozilla-based instant messenger they released yesterday in a very early development form.

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re: Instantbird

With a name that stupid - it's sure to be a project that fails.

Why most open source projects don't spend just a few minutes coming up with a good name - not a clever name, not a geeky name, not a name you think is oh so funny when you're stoned out of your gourd name, but a real live marketable name, I'll never understand.

Stick to coding. Then if you actually get more then a few friends to use it, have someone with just a few brain cells (you know, someone that took marketing 101 in junior college or in night school) to come up with a name that will be at least 10 zillion times better then the lameass one you were going to use.

Trust me, the world will thank you.

//I'm giving Florian and Quentin the "Instantbird" right now.

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