This concludes part two of Tom's Definitive Linux Software Roundup. You should have a good-sized list of personal information managers, email clients, instant messengers, VoIP apps, and IRC clients that run natively in Linux. If you considered such uber-popular titles like Outlook, Outlook Express, Trillian, or mIRC as barriers to Linux migration, consider that barrier broken.
Remember also that you can take Skype, Mozilla Thunderbird, and even Lotus Notes with you, too. Hopefully, you're just a little bit closer to breaking that Windows dependency if you so wish.
Part one was all about Internet software. With this segment, we added applications that also depend on Internet access, but also facilitate communicating with other people, and not just retrieving information from the Web.
In the next installment, we'll be breaking from our net-centric streak and focusing on office applications. As I stated in the Introduction, "Office Apps" is a whopper. A simple listing of office suites is not what you'll find. We will of course have them, but there will also be a separate page for each component. That means word processors, spreadsheet apps, presentation apps, simple databases, finacial software, desktop publishing, project management, and more. Hopefully, we'll help you find replacements for such mission-critical and industry-leadering software packages like Word, Excel, and Quicken.
- Skype for Linux is currently in version 2.1 (beta) which differs from 2.0 (final) only in the fact that it is now able to deal with ALSA, OSS and PulseAudio transparently - and it doesn't wreck webcam outputs as much.
- Skype for Linux has supported video ever since version 2.0 (beta); it does work quite well if your webcam sends uncompressed video to the system (if your webcam streams MJPEG and you have a 2.6.28+ kernel, you will need some hacker-fu; details on demand)
- a quite well known single protocol IM is aMSN, which is also multiplatform; its other main advantage is that it supports voice and video chats. However, it's not always very stable and requires manual setting up of a TCP port for video and voice to work properly.
As far as KDE vs. Gnome, I see no problem with the current format, maybe just do a Ubuntu(Gnome) vs. Kubuntu(KDE) vs. Xubuntu(Xfce) vs. MoonOS/OpenGEU/JAD(Enlightenment) roundup, to show off the different desktops(and the few apps that only work on a particular desktop). Any look good with the right theme and some Compiz/Beryl, but KDE and Enlightenment have an edge right out of the box.
This is just plain wrong. Pidgin has supported Jabber for a long time. It's called XMPP in the later versions which is the name of the protocol used by jabber clients
Actually, Thunderbird allows you to permanently accept the certificate, which will do what you want. Just pay attention when the confirmation dialog comes up, and select "Accept this certificate permanently". It's the first option (the default is the second option, which is to accept the certificate for the current session).