I like Psi: http://psi.sourceforge.net
It's a Qt Jabber client (and you can use transports for Yahoo, MSN, AIM, ICQ and whatnot). I use it for both Linux and Windows and it works great. Still beta, but a good one at that.
Re: Wherefore art thou side boxes?
> I know it's not really a main part of
> freshmeat but I found the links to the
> top stories from securityfocus,
> linuxtoday, bebits & 32bitsonline
> extremely useful. I could come to one
> site and get caught up on everything I
> needed to w/o having to wander to 4 or 5
> different sites.
> There's plenty of room on the left
> side now. Would it be possible to
> reinstate these?
I like the new, uncluttered look. I suggest you use a dedicated site for "headline news", such as geekboys.org (http://www.geekboys.org). There you can configure a page with a news from a hundred sites if you want.