I my post about gaim-text, Bill commented:
So, what is this fascination with text-based stuff? Efficiency? Dislike of the artistic? Enjoy typing?
That’s an excellent question. I don’t use very many text based apps on a daily basis, I like Pretty as much as the next Enlightenment user, but they can be a lifesaver at times.
Being able to connect to a machine I own from a text based terminal from anywhere in the world essentially gives me access to a full suite of internet applications.
Pine I use all the time, simlpy because it’s a great email application. It’s blazing fast, super powerful, and again, I can access it from anywhere.
A text based IM client is what I’ve used in a pinch the most. Naim and CenterICQ are great, but having something familiar like gaim would be great. Here’s a screenshot of that:
So the long and short of it is that I keep them around in an emergency, and the more powerful they are, the more they help my emergency.