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 Allow multiple CA certificates to share the same Distinguished Name (DN). Partially fixes remaining MSN issues from #12906.
o The GNUTLS SSL plugin now discards any certificate (and all subsequent certificates) in a chain if it did not sign the previous certificate. Partially fixes remaining MSN issues from #12906.
o Open requests related to a file transfer are now closed when the request is cancelled locally. (#11666)
* AIM and ICQ:
o AIM should now connect if "Use clientLogin" is turned off and the "Server" field is set to anything other than "login.oscar.aol.com" or "slogin.oscar.aol.com". (#12948)
o Fix a crash on connection loss. (#5927)