Linked by Fernando Apesteguia on Wed 12th Jul 2006 18:16 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews We bring to you an interview with Alvaro J. Iradier, founder and lead developer of AMSN (Alvaro's Messenger), a full-featured MSN compatible client, written in tcl/tk.
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Problems
by elzurawka on Wed 12th Jul 2006 18:49 UTC
elzurawka
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2005-07-08

I have had some issues in the past using AMSN. Im not sure if it was the latest version, but the biggest issue i came across was that it did not import/organize my groups. It simple had online/offline. Which is very annoying, since i have a group of 70% of my list, that are there but i never really need to talk to them. So i keep this group hidden usually, but with AMSN i had to search through everyone online to find a person taht would be in my group of 10 school friends.

Other then taht great work on the client. Good to see progress being donw with video.

Personally i have been using gaim since my switch to Linux 2 years ago. I find that it is very stable, has support for MANY protocols i needs, (MSN, ICQ, Gadu-Gadu), and a vast array of Plugins to further my enjoyment of the program. With version 2 set to come out soon, i think people should give this 1 a try as well.

I think that this program is doing a great job, and if there was more developer support could be a great program, but as long as its only supports MSN(which the name implies will stay that way) its not the client for me.

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RE: Problems
by Velmont on Wed 12th Jul 2006 21:57 UTC in reply to "Problems"
Velmont Member since:
2005-07-07

It supports groups, and has for a long time. You just have to activate it :-)

It is *the* best MSN-client for other systems than Windows. But I don't use MSN any more. I cut contact with almost all my friends, only those that use Jabber is allowed my company now ;-)

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plugins
by raver31 on Wed 12th Jul 2006 19:05 UTC
raver31
Member since:
2005-07-06

I cannot decide on which client to use... aMSN or gaim, the clincher would be the one that supported XFire protocols.

The gaim plugin for that is no longer in development and it does not work with Ubuntu 6.06 ;)

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Excellent
by osjohn on Wed 12th Jul 2006 19:38 UTC
osjohn
Member since:
2006-07-12

I registered just to say that AMSN is an excellent piece of software. For everyone that has struggled to move from the official MSN client to GAIM then AMSN is exactly what you're looking for.

The latest releases are superb and have none of the above mentioned 'grouping' problems.

It does exactly what it says on the tin. Its an ad free, lite, alternative MSN client for linux, OSX and windows. Roll on 0.96 ;)

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RE: Excellent
by elzurawka on Wed 12th Jul 2006 20:10 UTC in reply to "Excellent"
elzurawka Member since:
2005-07-08

If the grouping issues are gone, maybe ill give it a shot on my laptop, does neone know if its in yum(linva)?
What would you say advantages of AMSN are over Gaim, i have not really had any issues with with gaim except for the random crash, but i am running the beta's for 2.0.0

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RE[2]: Excellent
by djst on Thu 13th Jul 2006 06:18 UTC in reply to "RE: Excellent"
djst Member since:
2005-08-07

What would you say advantages of AMSN are over Gaim, i have not really had any issues with with gaim except for the random crash, but i am running the beta's for 2.0.0

Gaim is a general purpose instant messaging client designed to work with most protocols available, supporting the least common denominator of all of them. aMSN, on the other hand, is designed specifically with MSN in mind and tries to support as many MSN-specific features as possible. For example, it has support for custom animated smileys, nudges, etc. MSN users are known for using lots of graphics like animated smileys and flash graphics when communicating, and aMSN provides at least part of that functionality in Linux.

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RE[3]: Excellent
by Rahul on Thu 13th Jul 2006 07:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent"
Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06



Gaim is a general purpose instant messaging client designed to work with most protocols available, supporting the least common denominator of all of them


Thats pretty misleading. Gaim does support several protocol specific features. While they indeed try to maintain a similar interface between these protocols, they dont inherently limit themselves to only supporting features that all of the protocols support.

On the other hand, the focus of AMSN does yield some unique benefits currently.

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with pc linux os
by mark_in_rdjbrasil on Wed 12th Jul 2006 23:18 UTC
mark_in_rdjbrasil
Member since:
2005-11-30

i have found amsn my personal favorite over gaim, it just has a smoother layout for my taste. getting that webcam support takes it up a notch or two also.

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FUgly Interface
by nicholas on Thu 13th Jul 2006 11:58 UTC
nicholas
Member since:
2005-07-07

Just installed it on SLED10, and functionality wise it's great, but it is soooooo ugly.

Is there any way at all of enabling anti-aliased fonts in aMSN?

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RE: FUgly Interface
by osjohn on Thu 13th Jul 2006 16:23 UTC in reply to "FUgly Interface"
osjohn Member since:
2006-07-12
RE[2]: FUgly Interface
by nicholas on Thu 20th Jul 2006 12:53 UTC in reply to "RE: FUgly Interface"
nicholas Member since:
2005-07-07

Thanks, so no quick way then? :-(

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RE: FUgly Interface
by Jezza on Thu 13th Jul 2006 19:07 UTC in reply to "FUgly Interface"
Jezza Member since:
2005-10-13

yes, you need to compile it against tk/tcl 8.5 though. Some of the devs are working on a complete new UI, though. So the interface will be alot better soon.

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