Soulseek (http://www.slsknet.org) is a communication and file-sharing system. It is quite similar to Napster: it lets you exchange files, search for files, chat with other users in public and in private, browse their files, and get recommendations for music. SoulSeek for Linux is a GUI client for the system written in Python/wxPython. It includes all the major functionality: chat, searches, and file transfers.
sim (simple instant messaging) is an IRC client specialized for use with bitlbee. It is based on sic (http://suckless.org). It reads commands from standard input and prints all server output to standard output. It also multiplexes all channel traffic into one output, so you don't have to switch to different channel buffers. sim must be customized by editing its source code to insert the correct username, server, password, and identification information.
YASIS is a very detailed sysinfo script that displays individual stats or grouped info. It only requires lspci and common tools found in any distribution. Check the page for example outputs. It displays distribution/kernel, CPU count/cache/load, disk/swap/RAM used/free, network info/speed, CPU temp/fan speeds, X environment info (wm/de and display info), bandwidth speeds, and more.
Pidgin-paranoia is a plugin for Pidgin (formerly known as Gaim) that provides information-theoretically secure encrypted conversations using one-time pads. Because the plugin uses a one-time pad where the secret key has the same length as the message and the key is only used once, the encryption is information-theoretically secure. This means that from the encrypted messages the contents of the messages are not revealed. In short: If you use truly random numbers to generate the key files, and if you keep them perfectly secret, one-time pads can not be broken.
Akeni Instant Messaging Server Pro is a client/server instant messaging platform that allows companies to host their own secured private IM system. The client has an user interface similar to AIM, ICQ, or MSN Messenger. It supports all the standard IM features such as chat, group conference, presence management, file transfer, offline messages, and emergency alert/notification. Extra features include contact management and optional tabbed chat sessions. The server has advanced administration tools for managing user accounts, client-side logging capabilities, and peer-to-peer file transfers. It can be set up on a private network without connecting to the Internet, and can easily be set up for use inside and outside of the company firewall.