The Future of BitlBee, the IRC Gateway for Instant Messaging protocols (MSN, ICQ, Jabber, Yahoo)

Posted by xiando on Oct 12, 2004 9:30 AM EDT; By xiando
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Find out what new cool features will be available in v1.0, what features have been implemented so far and what visions these bright young men have for the future of BitlBee and the Open Source world.

  • Wilmer:
    • BitlBee allows you to talk to people on Jabber, ICQ, MSN and some other IM-networks using your favourite IRC-client. Several programs like BitlBee exist already, but most of them either only support one IRC client or only one IM-network.
    • Why is this cool? For me it's cool because I like the way my IRC client (irssi) works and because it allows me to keep all my communication stuff (mail, IRC, IM) running in one screen session and attach to it from anywhere.
    • But BitlBee seems to be popular in some other groups. For example, quite a lot of Emacs fans use Bitlbee+ERC (an IRC client for "EmacsOS") so that they can even talk to IM-buddies from their favorite editor / operating system. Also, Amiga users seem to depend on BitlBee for their ICQ chatting needs because most other ICQ clients for Amiga-OS don't support the new protocol anymore. (I might be wrong here, but this is what I understood from a web-log.)
    • And of course it's nice to abuse CGI:IRC+BitlBee to log into IM-networks no matter how closed down your company's network is.

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