Gaim is an AOL Instant Messaging client program that runs in Linux. Because it is based on AOL's Open IM architecture (http://www.aim.com), it has the same messaging features you get from AOL's own messaging application.
To start Gaim from a Red Hat desktop menu, choose Internet ? Instant Messenger. Figure 9-9 contains an example of the Gaim window:
From the main Gaim window, you have the following options:
Accounts — Add screen names, passwords, and options associated with your AOL Instant Messaging accounts.
Signon — Sign on to AOL Instant Messaging by using your selected screen name.
Preferences — Set preferences associated with AOL Instant Messaging and Chat windows. You can also load plug-ins that can perform special functions, such as spell checking and auto-reconnection.
Besides AOL IM protocols, Gaim supports other messaging protocols, including instant messaging protocols from Yahoo!, the Microsoft Network, ICQ, and IRC.