Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time.
Pidgin runs on Windows, Linux, and other UNIX operating systems.
Pidgin is compatible with the following chat networks out of the box: AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr. It can support many more with plugins.
Pidgin supports many features of these chat networks, such as file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom smilies, and typing notifications. Numerous plugins also extend Pidgin's functionality above and beyond the standard features.
Pidgin integrates with the system tray on Windows.
Stu: I'm sorry for the MSN problems and the plugin crashes in 2.3.0.
Hopefully this will redeem us. This fixes a number of bugs. I'm a
bit late but I'd like to welcome John to the team. Enjoy!
Luke: I've done absolutely nothing in the last 2 weeks, except watch
others commit bug and, more, leak fixes. People should be noticing
remarkably fewer memory leaks now than 2 or more releases ago.
Kevin: I'm not quite sure what happened to our MySpaceIM Summer of
Code student, but I fixed a few MySpace bugs with idle and status.
I will try to fix some of the other more significant bugs, after I
figure out the protocol, especially including grouping issues.
version 2.3.1 (12/7/2007):
NOTE: Due to the way this release was made, it is possible that
bugs marked as fixed in 2.3.1 will not be fixed until the
* 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