Instant Messaging


Gaim is the default instant messenger client in Ubuntu. With Gaim you can talk to people who use AIM/ICQ, Gadu-Gadu, GroupWise, IRC, Jabber, MSN, Napster and Yahoo, and list all your buddies in a single window.

To start Gaim, choose Applications->Internet->Gaim Internet Messenger .


XChat-GNOME is an advanced, graphical, multi-platform Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client. Its features include advanced scripting support (perl and python) and a clean, easy to use interface.

  1. Install the xchat-gnome package from the main repository (see Chapter 3, Adding, Removing and Updating Applications).

  2. To start XChat-GNOME, choose Applications->Internet->Xchat-GNOME IRC Chat .

Joining #ubuntu with XChat-Gnome

One excellent way to get help with Ubuntu or introduce yourself to IRC is to join Ubuntu's official support channel on Freenode.

  1. Start XChat-Gnome as above.

  2. When you start XChat-Gnome for the first time, it will ask you for an IRC Nickname & your real name. Pick anything you want for your nick (first initial & your last name is good, or be more creative), put your real name or part of it, and press OK.

  3. In the Server Window that opens next, select Ubuntu Servers, and press Connect.