JFBChat : Facebook Chat Client for Ubuntu Desktop
JFBChat is a free opensource instant Facebook chat messenger for your desktop that allows you sort contacts into groups and chat with online contacts without using any browser. The application also allows you to see the profile pictures of the online Facebook friends. It also makes visual notifications whenever your Facebook friend comes online and when you get new messages.
In order to install JFBChat in Ubuntu 12.04 , you can download its DEB package from the download link given at the end of the post. Then you can use Ubuntu Software Center to install the JFBChat.
To use JFBChat , you require JAVA installed in your operating system. So, you have to check if JAVA is installed in your system before installing JFBChat.
Once installed, you can launch it from the Unity dash and then, log in to JFBChat with your username and password for Facebook. Once logged in, you are presented with a list of online friends as shown in the first screenshot. You can click on one online friend’s name and start chatting in the Conversations window that appears as shown below.You also have the options to change the current status of your Facebook chat from online to offline.
Under Edit -> Preferences, you can customize various settings for JFBChat.
Under Aspect tab, you can set JFBChat to show or hide avatars and empty groups. Under Behavior tab, you can set JFBChat to send “is typing” notification to the friend you are chatting with , download avatars and save them to a local directory. Under General tab, you can set JFBChat to auto log in on system startup. Under Notifications , you can configure the settings related to the sound and visual notifications that JFBChat produces whenever your Facebook friend comes online and when you get new messages.