Pidgin is an instant messenger client that is perfect for people who need to communicate with friends who use different applications, or for those who like a little more control over their chatting. The Pidgin interface is quite simple, which for many is a plus, although it has most, if not all, of the features found on other clients. Obviously, the major plus to using Pidgin is that it can support multiple accounts on different networks, so you'll only need the one interface to chat with all your contacts on all your accounts.
Picture the situation. You love Google Talk. Your family is stuck on Windows Live Messenger. Your friends in Poland all love Gadu-Gadu and, for some strange reason, your best friend insists on ICQ. You obviously have an IM crisis, and in the interests of peace and friendship, you need to sort it, fast.
When you install Pidgin, it will ask you for the details of the accounts you want to add. Pidgin can remember your passwords for you, but if you do not enable this option you'll have to sign in every time. Once you're set up, you can do all the things you would expect - change your icon, create groups, configure alerts, send files and even add bunches of Pidgin plug-ins.
For the more technically minded, one of Pidgin's best features are the configuration options. These are much easier to access than in other applications and allow you to manage certificates, toggle advanced settings for your accounts, individually or together, set up proxy servers and even join chat rooms. Sounds too complicated? Don't worry, that's the beauty of Pidgin - you can get as technical or as simple as you like. It's the perfect client for everyone.
Simple, effective and multi-protocol - what more could you ask for?!
- General: Support building against Farstream in addition to Farsight. (Olivier Crete) (#14936) IRC: Disable periodic WHO timer. IRC channel user lists will no longer automatically display away status, but libpurple will be much kinder to the network. Print unknown numerics to channel windows if we can associate them. Thanks to Marien Zwart. (#15090) MSN: Fix a possible crash when receiving messages with certain characters or character encodings. Thanks to Fabian Yamaguchi for reporting this! XMPP: Fix a possible crash when receiving a series of specially crafted file transfer requests. Thanks to José Valentín Gutiérrez for reporting this! (CVE-2012-2214) Windows-Specific Changes: Words added to spell check dictionaries are saved across restarts of Pidgin
Pidgin supports the following formats
Supported chat networks: AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MySpaceIM, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo!, Zephyr