Kadu2.1 / 3.0 Alpha 2

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An universal and multi-protocol IM application for all Linux-based operating systems

editor's review





Kadu is an open source graphical software that provides users with a multi-protocol instant messaging solution for the Gadu-Gadu protocol. It supports GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

The application is fully functional, good-looking and fully compatible with the widely used Jabber/XMPP protocol. It offers a familiar, user-friendly, easy to use and flexible graphical interface.

Features at a glance

Among some of its major features, we can mention message encryption, file transfer support, graphical messages, emoticons, support for numerous plugins, easy and comprehensive configuration, as well as bot, annoyers and spammers protection.

However, its power consists of the numerous standard plugins maintained by the Kadu developers, as well as external add-ons created and maintained by users. They add support for SMS, MPD media players, Growl notifications, and much more.

Whether you want to encrypt your conversations, add sound support from external applications, set auto away messages, add custom notifications, add support for FALF media players, protect yourself against unwanted chats, or store chat history, you need a plugin.

It integrates with many popular apps

Additionally, the plugins can also be used to integrate Kadu with other popular applications, such as the Amarok music player, or add support for PC speakers, import profiles from old Kadu installations, and change the window mode.

Third-party plugins will allow the application to automatically split long messages, use TeX formulas in chats, import history from other Gadu-Gadu clients, and display history of sent messages directly in the conversation windows.

Being written in Qt, Kadu is a cross-platform software that runs on all major operating systems and it’s translated into English, French, German, Polish, Czech and Russian languages.

Bottom line

It has many rivals out there, but if you use it strictly under the KDE desktop environment and only for the Gadu-Gadu and/or Jabber protocols, it provides for a stable and reliable IM client.

Kadu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on March 25th, 2015
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