Just when you thought it was safe to use GAIM
I got this nice little message from AOL a few minutes ago.
(11:28:08) AOL Instant Messenger: You have been disconnected from the AOL Instant Message Service (SM) for accessing the AOL network using unauthorized software. You can download a FREE, fully featured, and authorized client, here http://www.aol.com/aim/download2.html .
, long-haired linux hippie
You might have heard about AOL
's new way of keeping Jabber
users off the AIM
network. Official AIM clients can send an md5sum
of arbitrary parts of aim.exe
as part of the OSCAR protocol
signon process. GAIM
can't authenticate against this, and get kicked off after a few minutes. As long as the TOC protocol
still works, I can still use GAIM, but with fewer cool features. All AIM traffic is carried over AOL's servers, so they I would say they should have the right to control who uses their resources, EXCEPT
opening the AIM network to other clients was a condition of the AOL - Time Warner merger
! I guess AOL just got sick of Microsoft's hogging the anti-trust lawsuit spotlight.
I have been notified by tftv256
that the newest version of GAIM
can use oscar using a hard-coded checksum, at least until AOL changes the checksum again.