Pidgin is an instant messaging program for Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unixes. You can talk to your friends using AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr.
Pidgin can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AIM, 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, and typing 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 can work with:
* Google Talk
Pidgin is free software.
o Force video sources to all have the same capabilities. This reduces the number of times video must be scaled down, saving CPU time. (Jakub Adam) (half of #13095)
o Starting multiple video calls and ending one no longer causes the other calls to stop sending audio and video. (Jakub Adam) (#12758, #13237)
o Perl bindings now respect LDFLAGS. (Peter Volkov, Markos Chandras) (#12638)
o Added AddTrust External Root CA. (#11554)
o Resolve some issues validating X.509 certificates signed off the CAcert Class 3 intermediate cert when using the GnuTLS SSL/TLS plugin.
o Don't drop whole messages when text is colored. (Jan Zachorowski) (#13259)
o Don't show two windows when using "Get Info" on a buddy. (Gabriel Burt; Novell, Inc.) (#13108)
o Don't send ISON messages longer than 512 bytes. (Jeffrey Honig) (#9692)
o Stop sending audio when placing a call on hold. (Jakub Adam) (#13032)
o Stop translating gpointers to ints in the dbus API. This removes functions from the dbus API. (The openSUSE Project) (#12507)
o Fix D-Bus introspection calls that omit the interface parameter. (Tom Samstag) (#13073)
o Fixed bugs in purple_str_to_time() that caused the most recent 'make check' failures. (Nader Morshed) (#13131)
o Correct an issue that caused some UIs other than Pidgin or Finch to leave a buddy in the "is typing" state. (Jan Kaluza)
o Fix potential information disclosure issues in the Cipher code. (Julia Lawall)
o Support using the Page Up and Page Down keys on the numeric keypad in the conversation window. (Ryan Flegel) (#13127)
o Fix a few memory leaks. (Nader Morshed) (#13162)
o Support rendering strikethrough when received as in-line CSS. (#13168)
o Editable comboboxes are now more friendly to some GTK+ themes. (Hugo Pereira Da Costa) (#13164).
o The Voice/Video Settings plugin no longer resets selected devices to defaults. (Jakub Adam) (#13044)
o The Voice/Video Settings plugin no longer crashes when a stored device name is not found in the list of available devices. (Jakub Adam) (#13238)
o The Autoaccept plugin now allows disabling filename escaping. (Rok Mandeljc) (half of #11459)
o The Autoaccept plugin now allows choosing Reject/Ask/Accept for non-buddies. (Rok Mandeljc) (half of #11459)
o QQ2008 is now the default protocol version. (Michael Terry) (#11635)
o Don't crash when receiving an unexpected/invalid jingle transport type. (Nikita Kozlov) (#13136)
o Handle Connection: Close headers for BOSH, when the server does not terminate the connection itself. (#13008)
o Improved parsing for DIGEST-MD5, which should resolve issues connecting to some jabberd2 servers. This corrects an issue parsing one-character or empty elements. (Noa Resare) (#a14514)
* Yahoo!/Yahoo! JAPAN:
o Fix a crash when an account disconnects before a p2p session is completely set up. (Jan Kaluza) (#12432)