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About Gaim and how to acquire it

What is Gaim?

Well, in short terms, Gaim is an application which enables you to connect to friends and colleagues using the chat/instant messaging protocols, such as MSN, ICQ, IRC and Yahoo, all in one program. The protocols covered by Gaim at the present are:

Throughout these articles I wil talk about, MSN, ICQ, IRC and Yahoo, based on a Windows platform.

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And to quote the homepage of Gaim:

"Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM (Oscar and TOC protocols), ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, and Zephyr networks.

Gaim users can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AOL Instant Messenger, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time."

So as you see, Gaim can be a very useful program for you who use any of these on  a regular basis, I know I liked the flexibility a lot. :)

How to acquire

Well, I'm using a Windows based version of Gaim, so this is how you get Gaim for Windows. :) First you need to go to this page; http://gaim.sourceforge.net/win32/index.php and download the latest version of Gaim for Windows.

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Just read the latest build news, and I'm sure you can press the right download link, however, you will need to press the link which says "Windows build (v0.74)" if you're on the windows platform. :)  The download will start automatically, and your computer will download it to your desired location.

How to install

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Locate your Gaim install file (icon shown above) and  double-click it. You will now start the setup wizard as shown below:

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If you feel ready to proceed with the Gaim installation press the button "Next".

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Read the license and press the button "I agree" if you do so. ;)

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For this step of the installation choose what components you wish to have installed, note that you can add/edit those later.

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Choose where your Gaim should be installed, for most of you this will be C:\Program Files\Gaim.

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If everything now is done correctly, you should get the window shown above, press "Finish" to exit the setup program.

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Unless something has gone completely wrong, you should now have a new desktop icon looking like something like the icon above, press it to start your Gaim program.

This is the first in a series of articles about Gaim, if you have Gaim related topics  you'd like to see covered here, let us know. Comments on this article, thumbs up or flames, can be sent to articles@nidelven-it.no.

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