I need a Google Talk client for my Ubuntu. Nothing fancy, I just don't want to keep my browser open all the time. I was using Pidgin, but about two weeks ago it became extremely slow and unresponsive. I have brand new AMD APU, a lot of memory and SSD HDD on SATA III, so I don't think any hardware upgrade will be able to help. I clearly need a new client.
I was perfectly happy with Pidgin, so my question is: What software for Ubuntu is just like it, but made by different team (and thus unaffected by bug that hit me)?
Features I liked in Pidgin was:
- Contact list automatically synchronized with Google
- Google-compatible status display
- Small, simple interface
- Hidden in an icon next to the clock (in KDE) most of the time
- Didn't require me to know XMPP parameters of Google server, I was able to just select Google and have it working, with no thinking on my part needed. Just user and password.