Hi guys. There's something that's been bugging me for many years, about Linux: I really can't understand why there is NO instant messaging app that doesn't look like it was made in Paint. I need a IM client that supports the Yahoo protocol, and it seems that I have only Empathy and Pidgin to choose from. Right now, I use Empathy on Elementary OS and I have some issues that I can't get over (the contact list shows the ID's, not the aliases, and the file transfer doesn't work). I made it look a little better by using Adium themes on it, but the issues above are a deal breaker.
Pidgin is even worse, although it doesn't have Empathy's issues. Customizing this app is a pain (I'm trying to make it look/sound/work like Yahoo Messenger on Win, that's what I'm familiar with), it looks horrible out of the box (even the tray icon is hideous), sound/video doesn't work, etc.
Anyway, while I'm sure that things CAN be done to make those IM clients look a little better, or even work better, my question remains. There are many beautiful Linux apps out there, but the instant messaging "department" seems to be totally ignored by developers.