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.
Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging is a gaim plugin which allows you to have private conversations over the instant messaging system of your choice. It provides encryption, which prevents someone who intercepts your instant messages from reading them; authentication, which ensures that the correspondent is who you think it is; and perfect forward secrecy, which ensures that no previous conversation is compromised if you lose control of your private keys.
pidgin-osd is an application that uses the xosd library to print various events on the X root window on receiving incoming messages from pidgin. It is based on gaimnosd 0.7 (the last publically available version). It is mostly like the gaimnosd plugin; the only difference is that an implementation for UTF-8 conversion to the current used locale was added.
Push Puppet Toy is a computer-controlled puppet that stands to attention when a friend joins an IRC channel or comes online on IM, and collapses when he leaves. The concept is very similar to the Availabot (http://availabot.com/), but works under Linux. Schematics, firmware for the puppet, and plugins for Gaim and XChat to control the puppet are provided.
The Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging proxy is a multi- platform proxy that allows you to have private conversations using the AIM client of your choice. It provides encryption, which prevents someone who intercepts your instant messages from reading them, authentication, which ensures that the correspondent is who you think it is, and perfect forward secrecy, which ensures that no previous conversation is compromised if you lose control of your private keys.
centericq is a text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface that supports the ICQ2000, Yahoo!, AIM, IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu, and Jabber protocols. It allows you to send, receive, and forward messages, URLs, SMSes (both through the ICQ server and email gateways supported by Mirabilis), contacts, and email express messages, and it has many other useful features. An internal RSS reader and a LiveJournal client are also provided.
ImageIM is a plugin for Gaim that lets buddies send screenshots to each other via HTTP. Users can simply click the ImageIM button, select a portion of the screen, and then send their buddy the image. If the buddy doesn't have ImageIM, they will receive a link pointing them to the image.