Pidgin, previously known as Gaim, is a multi-protocol instant messaging client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. Pidgin messenger is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, SILC, Gadu-Gadu, GroupWise Messenger, and Zephyr networks.
Pidgin users can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AOL Instant Messenger, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time.
Pidgin supports many features of the various networks, such as file transfer, away messages, typing notification, and MSN window closing notification. It also goes beyond that and provides many unique features.
A few popular features are Buddy Pounces, which give the ability to notify you, send a message, play a sound, or run a program when a specific buddy goes away, signs online, or returns from idle; and plugins, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker, extended message notification, iconify on away, spell checking, tabbed conversations, and more.
Pidgin runs on a number of platforms, including Windows, Linux, and Qtopia (Sharp Zaurus and iPaq).
Pidgin integrates well with GNOME 2 and KDE 3.1′s system tray, as well as Windows’s own system tray. This allows you to work with Pidgin without requiring the buddy list window to be up at all times.
Pidgin is under constant development, and releases are usually frequent. The latest news regarding Pidgin can be found on the news page.
What’s New in This Release:
· Fixed a number of MSN bugs introduced in 2.3.0, resolving problems connecting to MSN and random local display name changes
· Going idle on MySpaceIM will no longer clear your status and message.
· Idle MySpaceIM buddies should now appear online at login.
· Fixed crashes in XMPP when discovering a client’s capabilities
· Don’t set the current tune title if it’s NULL (XMPP/Google Talk)
· Don’t allow buddies to be manually added to Bonjour
· Don’t advertise IPv6 on Bonjour because we don’t support it
· Compile fixes for FreeBSD and Solaris
· Update QQ client version so some accounts can connect again
· Do not allow ISON requests to stack in IRC, preventing flooding IRC servers when temporary network outages are restored
· Plug several leaks in the perl plugin loader
· Prevent autoaccept plugin overwriting existing files
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