Keep Messenger online while in text mode with Centericq

Centericq is a text mode menu- and window-driven instant messaging interface that supports the ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, IRC, Jabber, LiveJournal, and Gadu-Gadu protocols. It allows you to send, receive, and forward messages, URLs, SMSes (both through the ICQ server and email gateways supported by Mirabilis), contacts, and email express messages, and it has many other useful features.

Known to work in Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X/Darwin Operating Systems (wikipedia).

Feature List:

Text Mode Interface

  • Based on the ncurses library
  • Provides windows, menus and dialogs
  • Configurable color schemes
  • Ability to use the program remotely via telnet or ssh
  • Configuration is done with dialogs
  • Support for displaying Hebrew and Arabic texts
  • UI messages translated into 15 languages

General instant messaging features
  • ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu and Jabber are supported
  • Sending, receiving and forwarding events
  • Command line parameters for sending events through an already running instance
  • Mass-sending events
  • Contact list groups support
  • Configurable sounds for specific events and users
  • External programs to process incoming events
  • Viewing users' personal data
  • Updating self user info
  • List of ignored users
  • Configurable servers' hostnames and port numbers
  • Ability to use http proxy (method CONNECT; optionally with proxy auth) to connect to IM servers
Centericq are easy to install and configure, just download the compressed files here and extract it.

#tar -jxvf centericq-4.21.0.tar.bz2

Next go to it extracted directory and type

./configure --prefix=/home/messenger ; make; make install
If all done, go to /home/messenger/bin and type

Do a little config, add an account and ready to communicate.