For the last 2 years I have been using Gaim for all my Instant Messaging needs (especially Yahoo Messenger). Recently, along with version 2.0, Gaim is no longer Gaim, it is Pidgin. I was happy to see it out of the beta, but something stopped me from using it from the first day. I was so used to the Yahoo Smilies, I just didn’t feel comfortable with the default Pidgin smilies.
Now, that’s not a problem anymore: I have found a theme pack with all the smilies for both Yahoo and MSN. I have found it here, but you can also download it from my website, also (just wanted to be sure I can find it anytime I switch Operating Systems on my computers).
Why would you use Pidgin instead of Yahoo Messenger? How about no advertising, nu stupid buzz (ok, that was then, now you can remove the buzz), the same IM client on Linux and Windows? No IMVs, no Audibles… The same client for every protocol (MSN, GTalk). Yes, you might lose some advantages like Photosharing and file sending, but trust me, you will be a lot happier having them in your email account, to be able to find them from any computer.
Well, you have to test it to understand what the heck I am talking about :)
P.S.: Pidgin is almost similar to a cartoon some of my friends created, which is hilarious and deserves your attention: Pidjin