When comparing BitlBee vs Gajim, the Slant community recommends Gajim for most people. In the question“What are the best instant messaging clients for Linux?” Gajim is ranked 7th while BitlBee is ranked 8th.
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Pro Public servers
BitlBee can be used without installing via community-maintained public servers.
Pro Supports multiple protocols and networks
BitlBee supports: XMPP/Jabber, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, ICQ, and Twitter.
Pro Free and open source
BitlBee is available for free and licensed under GPLv2 with source code available on GitHub.
Pro OMEMO encryption available as a plug-in
While the help command is informative and includes examples, settting BitlBee up requires a considerable amount of technical knowledge.
Con Chat logs are in SQLite DB.
Plaintext (or XML/markup) logs are not available.
Con OMEMO not natively supported
Con Chat logging enabled by default
Problematic for encrypted chats.