Pidgin 2.4.2, latest instant messaging open source client from the Gaim series, is a muti-protocol instant messaging program for BSD and Windows. Pidgin includes support for AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, 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.
- A few popular features is 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.
- A plugins, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker, extended message notification, iconify on away, spell checking, tabbed conversations, and more.
- Pidgin also gets lots of intangibles right: logging and time-stamping, for instance, are well-executed and easy to access.
- Pidgin also provides an easy way of accessing the configuring panel for your preferences. The Tools -> Preferences path opens a dialog where you can define your own preferences regarding the interface, sounds, network connection or check options such as chats logging or the way according to which your status is turned to idle. This dialog also provides options related to the text formatting, such as font type, size or color.
- In order to have Pidgin running on your computer, you must first go through an ordinary manual installation, where you should be asked for some more or less, depending on your system, additional packages. Once you got through with the installation, things become very simple and intuitive.
- Pidgin lacks themes, and the user interface is quite simplistic.
- It does not also support webcam and voice messaging.
With an impressive power of customization, Pidgin 2.0 comes with all the good stuff provided by the former Gaim. The open-source instant messaging ecosystem is rapidly evolving, and Pidgin is an important part of ongoing development efforts.
Source: VUnetFiled under Instant Messaging Software, Open Source Platform | Tags: Gaim, Instant messaging, Open Source, Pidgin | Comment Below