I love free software. The people at work finally convinced me that I should have some instant messaging client setup (primarily by never answering their phones). I tried TiK but it was just too, "tk-ish" for me to be able to stand. I looked at gaim and it was OK...except all the stupid braindead buttons all over the "conversation" window. It seems that just because AOL makes their client unbearably ugly, everyone who writes an IM client has to do the same. So I checked the src deb out, poked around in conversation.c, and soon had a client that just shows a textbox at the top for conversation and a single textbox for input at the bottom. No buttons, no ugly border, just simple goodness :) Of course, without the source I would have been screwed--> no wonder 99% of the windows software in the world sucks.