When you are mostly involved with coding, and use the Terminal for a fair amount of time, it’s quite beneficial if we use another Terminal window/tab for IMs. Searching around for a command line instant messenger, I learnt that there was a variant of Pidgin called Finch. It lets you connect and chat with your online buddies using nothing but text.
To install finch on Ubuntu, run:
sudo apt-get install finch
at the Terminal.
Once Finch is installed, you can load it by typing, finch at the Terminal.
Different commands to access and configure finch can be found at: