Originally Posted by Nautilus;13005975
As opposed to most people's comments, i'm not much of a fan of instant messaging applications under linux. Nothing really works as it should be. File sharing is an example for this. I could never send or receive file from my friends who are running linux. Also the interface is quite messy, you're not gonna find the eye-candy, simplistic design of Windows Live Messenger in any of Linux IM software.
But yeah, at least sending receiving messages do work right.
thats odd? what clients were you trying to use for the file sharing? i use amsn all the time, my friends and i have no problems transfer files in between each other using it, i must admit, i don't use pidgin very often as i stopped using aim and yahoo, and i don't really remember if i had any difficulties transferring files.
as for the flash of the windows clients, especially skype, i will pass
i seriously dislike the new UI for skype, its a bit confusing and there are times i've responded in the wrong "conversation".
as for amsn vs windows live messegner, i'm not bombarded by endless useless bing advertisements or "news" stories about the who's who of bollywood or 11 secrets to "keep your man happy", or how to look "sexy" after childbirth...amsn i find simplier and easier to configure and keep "organized" than windows live, i even use it in windows as they release a windows binary for it as well...
afaik, skype for windows will run in wine without many problems (about the only problem i'm aware of, in ubuntu at least, not sure about the other distros) is getting the microphone in wine to detect or be used correctly, due to some incompatibility with wine and pulse-audio (but the native client doesn't have this problem anymore).
what other problems or "things not working as they should" have you experience with linux native clients vs their windows counterparts...i have a good idea of the file transfer problem could be, but i would need more information from you, to figure out if it is the same problem that a friend of mine experienced in the past that we were able to fix with out so much as cracking open a terminal