Kadu

An in­stant mes­sager you didn’t know you needed. FREE | WWW.KADU.IM

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This in­stant mes­sen­ger (IM) is out­stand­ing in many ways, and there’s a good chance it’s one of those over­looked ap­pli­ca­tions you prob­a­bly need, and not only be­cause its ri­vals are weak. Kadu is a KDE-cen­tric client for Gadu- Gadu, a pop­u­lar Pol­ish IM pro­to­col, but you don’t need to be a mem­ber of the Gadu-Gadu net­work, as Kadu also sup­ports Jab­ber/XMPP.

At the first look, Kadu is a typ­i­cal IM client and while it’s very ro­bust, it’s also re­mark­ably com­pre­hen­sive and fea­turerich. How­ever, there are very few bi­nary pack­ages for Kadu, so you’ll prob­a­bly need to build it from source and that’s the point where you’ll see how large its scope is. Kadu has nu­mer­ous plug­ins and ex­tras from MPD dae­mon in­te­gra­tion (which lets your bud­dies know what you’re lis­ten­ing to right now) to an op­tional Ubuntu Unity in­di­ca­tor, word re­place­ment mod­ule, im­ages and videos in­te­gra­tion for the chat win­dow.

Kadu has a lot of de­pen­den­cies and it takes some time to in­stall them all be­fore the usual $ cmake .. com­mand fin­ishes with­out er­rors. It takes 10–20 min­utes more to com­pile the ap­pli­ca­tion it­self ( $ make ) and ex­tra ef­fort to in­stall it to a sys­tem-wide pre­fix (such as /usr). You’ll also need to re­build your dis­tro’s libqxmpp pack­age in or­der to pre­vent Kadu from crash­ing when you add an XMPP ac­count.

How­ever, Kadu is sta­ble and well-tested in other re­gards and in re­turn for your ef­forts you get a per­fectly ver­sa­tile IM client with lots of bells, whis­tles and ex­tras that cater for many tastes. Kadu’s in­ter­face is also very clean and pol­ished and sports sen­si­ble place­ment of but­tons, drop-down lists and cat­e­gories.

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