I have been using Yahoo's web services pretty much my entire online life, be it e-mail, Messenger or even GeoCities (GASP!) and I admire the company for what it's done thus far. Unfortunately, my admiration level dropped down a whole lot since I've began my e-journey through Linux. How come, you ask? Well, first of all, Y!Mail still warns me that my OS is unsupported. Seriously now? I mean it works perfectly fine on Linux, just as good as it works on Windows, so why pop that rude message? Rather than trying to officially "support" this exponentially-growing platform, they prefer to absolve themselves from any responsibility and kick you all the way back to Windows.
Of course, these are all unofficial apps, and every time Yahoo turns a knob, all sorts of problems arise: buggy file transfers, buddy list issues, or even no connection at all.
What we need is an official Yahoo Messenger client and maybe, just maybe, through this deal with Canonical, Yahoo will start noticing the little people of Linuxland and provide us with one. And don't think that this will only benefit us, as the ads they would serve through their application are sure to be adding up pretty nicely.
Yahoo has all the resources in the world to make this happen. Look at Skype. How come they were able to create such a wonderful client for Linux? Eh... it's purely a matter of actually wanting to do something. At worst, if they absolutely refuse to create a client, they could collaborate with the Pidgin developers to make the interoperability as smooth as possible.
Enough babbling! Here's to Yahoo Messenger for Linux!