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.
John: While this release took what seems like forever to get out the
door, I think it's well worth the wait, especially for Yahoo! users.
This release serves up some fixes for long standing bugs and adds
file transfer for transfers with newer Yahoo! clients (finally!). As
is standard with code I committed, where it works great thank the
patch writer, and where it's broken, feel free to yell at me. Enjoy!
Sadrul: Finch is more colourful and blinky in this release! There's
now a log viewer, which is very useful, and also the ability to
block/unblock buddies. It's now also possible to find chat rooms on
many services, e.g. XMPP, IRC, Yahoo! etc. Happy Leap Day!
Ka-Hing: I think all I've done for this release is committing some
patches written by other people.
Stu: Finally, 2.4.0 lands. I didn't do all that much except complain
about things I didn't like or just revert Sean's changes. I'm quite
pleased with how well it's turned out in the end.
Happy Birthday Fred, you must be nearly 10 now ;-)