Even more fun!
If you've got Wine (current releases) on your system, you should have no problem installing the ever popular Trillian as well.
This client will allow you to span all of the available (popular) IM protocol's and use them all together. This is probably the most advanced (??) client out there for Linux/Windows (it can't be run in a true linux environment, but it's still the best), because of it's look, feel, and connectivity.
Everyone's got their own choices and reasons for these choices. Myself, I tossed and turned between Win and Linux for quite some time because of the lack of IM capabilities (even when they're available, they generally don't work as well as the real thing). Then, I was introduced to Trillian. I haven't skipped a beat since. Now I can (happily) keep in touch with clients, family, friends, and know that I'm not missing a thing.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for (many) of the Linux clients out there.
Talk about a joke!
Setup is halfway decent
SQL database creation just doesn't even exist (you have to do this manually)
The default username/passwords given for this (in setup) do not even work, leaving you without access to ANY features.
Quite a joke indeed.