As nice as iChat is, I finally got tired of having to use both it and ICQ for OS X, so I’m testing out Fire. Fire is free, open-source messaging client for OS X which supports AIM, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, MSN and Yahoo! Messenger. So far, I’m pretty happy with it, though I only use it for AIM and ICQ, so I don’t know how well it works for other protocols. It downloaded my contact (buddy) lists just as expected, and aside from one or two annoyances (not quite bugs, but certainly not features, either), it seems to be working great. I have to get some new sounds for it, though, because it uses the default AIM sounds, which makes my computer sound like my wife’s. Maybe something from Star Wars will do the trick. Anybody have some good WAV files?
What instant messaging client(s) do you use? Once I get a feel for what’s out there, I’ll set up a poll so we can find out which are the most popular.