Pidgin is a GTK2-based instant messenger application. It supports multiple protocols via modules, including AIM, ICQ, Yahoo!, MSN, Jabber, IRC, Napster, Gadu-Gadu and Zephyr. It has many common features found in other clients, as well as many unique features. Pidgin is not endorsed by or affiliated with AOL TimeWarner, Microsoft, or Yahoo.
Licq includes all the basic features of ICQ, like sending/receiving messages, chat, file transfer, contact list with pixmaps and user status, basic/extended user info, adding/editing users from within the GUI, user history, user groups, and new user registration. All commands and information are available through a simple and convenient tab dialog. Licq also has a completely configurable user interface with Skin and Icon pack support. It is written in C++ and comes with a GUI plugin using the Qt widget set. Other plugins are also available, like basic MSN support.
BitlBee allows users to talk to people on the major instant messaging and microblogging networks (including MSN, Google Talk, AIM, and Twitter) from within any IRC client by emulating an IRC server. Virtual channels are created with all of the user's contacts in them, who can be talked to in the channel or in a query. Also, one can participate in group chats and chat rooms like they were normal IRC channels.
climm (CLI-based Multi-Messenger) is a portable, small, yet powerful console-based ICQ and XMPP client. It supports password changing, auto-away, creation of new accounts, and other features that makes it a very complete yet simple client. It is able to send and receive messages from the ICQ network, list users that are offline and online (including their online status), search for users by email address, and look up basic (name, UIN, email) information. climm was formerly known as mICQ.
YSM (You Sick Me) v7 is an ICQ console client. It was originally meant to run in Linux, but it has been successfully tested in Linux, BSD, Win32, BeOS, and QNX. The client requires no extra libraries, and is written in the C language. YSM is based on the last ICQ protocol version, v7/8.