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.
- Fix compilation when using binutils 2.22 and new GDK pixbuf.
- Fix compilation of the MXit protocol plugin with GLib 2.31.
- Add support for the GNOME3 Network dialog.
- Fix rare crash.
- Add support for the GNOME3 Default Application dialog for configuring the Browser.
- Support new connection states and signals for NetworkManager 0.9+.
* AIM and ICQ:
- Fix a possible crash when receiving an unexpected message from the server.
- Allow signing on with usernames containing periods and underscores.
- Allow adding buddies containing periods and underscores.
- Don't try to format ICQ usernames entered as email addresses. Gets rid of an "Unable to format username" error at login.
- Fix possible crashes caused by not validating incoming messages as UTF-8.
- Support new protocol version MSNP18.
- Fix messages to offline contacts.
* Windows-Specific Changes:
- Fix the installer downloading of spell-checking dictionaries
- Fix compilation of the Bonjour protocol plugin.
- The autoaccept plugin will no longer reset the preference for unknown buddies to "Auto Reject" in certain cases.