Saturday, September 22, 2007

PSI messenger - a truly promising open messaging application

In the Open Source world, linux gives us more freedom and alternatives on achieving things from simple to complex technical server and dsektop issues. Linux applications does not confine us into one corner spot of the room and learn from that corner spot alone all time through. Linux open source applications expands your knowledge from your own stand point of interest supported by worldwide community and not from a commercially grown application interests.

Here's another entry on how to install PSI on Fedora

What is PSI?

This is the best description I could have from PSI application, a well defined description and application usage from both developer and user's stand point of view.

PSI description:
(lifted from PSI site)
Psi is the premiere Instant Messaging application designed for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X and GNU/Linux. Built upon an open protocol named Jabber, Psi is a fast and lightweight messaging client that utilises the best in open source technologies.

The goal of the Psi project is to create a powerful, yet easy-to-use Jabber/XMPP client that tries to strictly adhere to the XMPP drafts and Jabber JEPs. This means that in most cases, Psi will not implement a feature unless there is an accepted standard for it in the Jabber community. Doing so ensures that Psi will be compatible, stable, and predictable, both from an end-user and developer standpoint.

This does not mean that Psi will never have "cool new features". The dev team and community are power-users who look to Psi to keep up with the times. We always want to hear what the users of Psi would like, and if a feature that the dev team wishes to implement does not have an accepted standard, or would diverge from an existing one, we can work together to see the standards changed to accomodate everyone.


# yum -y install psi psi-i18n psi-icons


# psi

Perhaps you have been considering Jabber, but don't want to abandon your friends? Jabber technologies are highly extensible, so Psi is able to interoperate with other, proprietory messaging systems such as AOL's ICQ and Microsoft's Messenger. You can keep in contact with your friends, regardless of whether they use AIM, ICQ, MSNM or YM. It's even possible to use Internet Relay Chat! *

Unlike other IM clients, Psi is small, fast and responsive. It uses a graphical toolkit called Qt, which takes on the appearance of whichever operating system you run it on. For this reason, Psi doesn't use 'skins'. We'd rather it blend with your desktop like any other application.

PSI Screenshots:

Final Note:
PSI internet chat messaging works smoothly with KDE and GNOME. PSI has extensive features available at its early age. PSI presents these features in user friendly appearance schemes systematically done, avoiding complex program menu structures and program options. This approach makes PSI messenger fun and easy to use. PSI is on its early version state yet but had already established as a true and very promising open internet messaging application.

So watch out for PSI growth. Enjoy!

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