So I’m having a play with the three contenders here – Proteus, Adium and Fire. Because despite being a latecomer to IM, I’m already trying to keep in touch with folk on two different networks, and – well, take two bottles into the shower? I just IM and go!
Anyway it seems to me that despite being not-free (or perhaps because of that), the winner is Proteus. It just seems to do a stack more stuff. I like Adium’s lower-tabbed windows, so you don’t have windows spawning all over the place for different conversations (lost marks, Fire), but Proteus hits back by using the OSX drawer to stack the different conversations.
Is there anything similar for Windows? Only Gaim that I could find. And as it happens, that code (written for Linux) underpins all the apps here – they all use libgaim.
Any more I’ve missed and should try?