Pidgin es un cliente de Mensajería ya sea para msn, google talk , xmpp , skype , etc

Finch es lo mismo pero todo a lvl de consola.

 

Para instalarlo , como root en la consola colocar (Para Debian):

sudo apt-get install finch

o para Fedora

su -c ‘yum install finch’

 

ahora para usarlo , en la consola colocamos “finch” y se vera algo así :

 

Shortcut Description
Alt + a Bring up a list of available actions. You can use this list to access the accounts window, plugins window, preference window etc.
Alt + n Go to the next window.
Alt + p Go to the previous window.
Alt + w Show the list of windows. You can select and jump to any window from the list.
Alt + c Close the current window.
Alt + q Quit.
Alt + m Start moving a window. Press the cursor keys to move the window. When you are done, press Enter or Escape.
Alt + r Start resizing a window. Press the cursor keys to resize the window. When you are done, press Enter or Escape.
Alt + d Dump the contents of the screen in HTML format in a file named “dump.html” in working directory.
Alt + . Move the position of the current window in the window list one place to the right.
Alt + , Move the position of the current window in the window list one place to the left.
Alt + l Refresh the windows. This is useful after resizing the terminal window.
Alt + 1 2 … 0 Jump to the 1st, 2nd … 10th window.
Ctrl + o Bring up the menu (if there is one) for a window. Note that currently only the buddylist has a menu.
Alt + / Show a list of available key-bindings for the current widget in focus.
Alt + > Switch to the next workspace
Alt + < Switch to the previous workspace
Alt + t Tag (or untag) the current window
Alt + T Attached all the tag windows to the current workspace
Alt + s Show the workspace list
F9 Create a new workspace and switch
to it

Saludos!