So, I've been using GAIM for what seems like forever, but the latest BETA is just not my cup of tea. Granted, it's better than 1.5 in some ways, but it still lacks simplicity it seems. One thing that grinds me is that if you type in your password wrong, you need to go into the preferences and remove it before you can try again.
Does anyone use Kopete, or any recent versions of it? I am curious if it's better since I've last used it [over a year], without actually having to download it
I've used GAIM and Kopete (a couple of months back). While I cannot really say how Kopete is now as compared to before, I never did like it because I was so used to the GAIM user interface. Granted that user interface isn't an issue, my only other gripe is that it starts to truncate messages. I'm a person who likes to go back to my previous conversations, and Kopete does not allow that.
Depending on where I am, I use Kopete, Gaim, and centericq (for my CLI needs). I find myself quite comfortable on all of them, although I slightly prefer the look-and-feel of kopete (not surpising since I'm on KDE).
I also use kwallet to handle my passwords, so I haven't encountered the problem you mentioned. I can't comment on whether that issue is there otherwise.
I don't have problems with my passwords. My primarily problem is that GAIM 1.5 requires you to first log on to an account, before changing your status to invisible. I am almost -always- invisible online because there are only a few people I feel like talking to. I am anti-social