Ok. I have tried Kopete last week and I was pretty impress about the multi platform support, it’s appearance and most importantly the ability to support webcam (I tried it on my A4tech PK-635M and it works great!). Although it has almost the feature I am looking for an IM client, it still lack ONE more thing: Voice Support. The development according to KDE wiki is still on hold though they claim that support for voice to Gtalk are possible but may result to frequent crash. You ain’t like that isn’t? So as a result, I searched an IM once again that can support both voice chat and webcam for the yahoo messenger platform (BTW did I mention that I like Yahoo Messenger?)
In my search I found this IM, Gyachi/Gyache.
This Yahoo! client for Linux operating system supports almost all of the features you would expect to find on the official Windows Yahoo! client: Voice chat, webcams, faders, ‘nicknames’, audibles, avatars, display images, and more. Yet, it remains very light-weight and memory-friendly. GyachE Improved uses Gtk-2 for its user interfaces (Gtk-2 2.0.6 or better required).
If you want to see more screenshots, go here.
What I found out about Gyache?
At first, it was thrilling to know that all Yahoo Messenger’s feature are supported by Gyache and it seems that I just found the the right IM for me in Linux. Since I was using Linux Mint, I downloaded the .deb package instead of using this ‘Alien’ (command for compilation) that I initially got which I found not suitable for Linux newbies.
After the installation, I checked all the features right away. It still uses the all ‘chimes sound‘ that Yahoo has before. The chat room is present (but by default, you will be headed to the Linux chatroom), audibles and the voice chat.
I don’t know yet if the webcam was automatically fixed by default or through the “Jasper library” that I installed previously for Kopete. But if in any case that you’ll be prompted for the error “Jasper image convert program” just head over here for tips on how to install it in Ubuntu distro.
The bad part was it’s appearance. I really don’t like it. I wish it had the same skin that Kopete uses just to make it more appealing in the eyes. If it’s developer will continue to work it out to improve it’s skins appearance then Gyachi is a must have IM for all Linux Distros specially for those who prefer YM as their chat client.
How to install?
- Download the .deb package here. (for Linux Mint and Gutsy Gibbon user’s)
- Double click to install the package, key in your password if necessary.
- Go to ‘Daryna‘ > Applications > Internet > Gyachi Improved to run the client. Sign-in and enjoy chatting!