Gaim 2.0.0 beta 1 is really not much of a change from Gaim 1.5.0,
although, some of the changes in UI and new features are useful. The UI
has been revamped and looks like the programmers favored the more
classic tabbed options rather than the old AIM-style options (which I
think was not that bad either).
The Away interface is much
better, although for me, it’s a bit cluttered since each account is one
giant button, so for me, who uses seven accounts with Gaim, it’s
somewhat annoying. Thank god you can just make that go away. The global
(not global hotkey, global as in all the accounts) away message thing
is absolutely helpful, as it is placed quite nicely at the bottom and
its uses are very favorable.
Overall, GET IT. The UI is an improvement and the Away message system is awesome.
Make sure you backup your crap like they say, though.