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Fast alternative to Pidgin?

Postby David1293 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:52 pm

Hi, all
I've been using Mint for about four months now and am very impressed.
My problem is trying to find a fast alternative to Pidgin. I live some distance from most of my family, so exchanging photos is always a very pleasant way of keeping in touch as best I can- I know this is a known issue in Pidgin. I have tried Kopete, but it pulls in so much of KDE that the computer is noticeably slower, sometimes agonisingly so.
My configuration is as follows, if that helps:
AMD QUAD CORE FX-4170 4200MHz Bulldozer CPU
8GB DDR3 memory (2 x 4GB 1333MHz modules)
ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 Motherboard
AMD 760G (780L)/SB710) chipset
Integrated ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 GPU with multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB
So far, I love Mint, but this is a problem for me. I would appreciate any help.
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Re: Fast alternative to Pidgin? No answer?

Postby David1293 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:05 pm

Hi, all
Well, noone has answered so far. I have tried to search for an answer to this problem, but none of the pages I find seem to mention the disadvantages of each program.
I would really appreciate some help.
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Re: Fast alternative to Pidgin?

Postby CtrlAltDel on Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:30 am

Perhaps Empathy would be a solution for you. There are several other choices on this:

http://alternativeto.net/software/pidgin/

page. Just look for the ones that are Linux compatible.
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Re: Fast alternative to Pidgin?

Postby ashtonford on Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:53 am

or there is always google voice. it works better than skype and you can do a hang out and do group chat
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Re: Fast alternative to Pidgin?

Postby DrHu on Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:11 pm

There are any number of photo sharing sites: even Google and microsoft and yahoo, facebook and I think now twitter(not sure of that..)
--or the original more specific ones such as Fspot
http://community.linuxmint.com/software/view/f-spot
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/9110
--mono requirement might be an issue, but it is already in Gnome, --so be it--
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picasa
--wine may be an issue(decide if you want it in the OS), part of picasa's install

http://lifehacker.com/395900/five-best- ... -web-sites
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_p ... g_websites
http://www.photographybay.com/2008/02/1 ... ing-sites/

Linux photo share sites..
http://www.linuxpromagazine.com/Online/ ... ith-Min.us
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Re: Fast alternative to Pidgin?

Postby David1293 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:35 pm

Hi, all
Many thanks for the replies.
I would prefer to use an IM client rather than a photo sharing site, as I prefer the spontaneity of the former.
I shall search the link you mentioned, Dr Hu- thanks
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