One of the most popular feature requests on AOL’s AIM UserVoice forum was for AIM to have a client available through the Ubuntu Software Center and although this feature request received hundreds more votes than any other feature request it was declined recently by AIM’s Product Manager with the following response:
As you can imagine it is quite a weak and disappointing response considering that AOL has the resources to develop a client for Ubuntu (Linux) if they so chose and even get help if they open sourced it but instead of fulfilling one of the highest voted feature requests they decided to decline.
All in all I think Pidgin does an excellent job as a all-around IM client anyways but when you have demand for a AOL produced client for Linux that exceeds demands for all other features it just seems natural to follow the desires of the masses?
All I can say is Adam and his team have failed at doing the right thing for their users which is giving them what they want.
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