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.
Luke: Because the main branch of pidgin development is still not
ready for public consumption, I have taken some time to try to
pull the many bug fixes that have happened since then into a
separate branch. This release is the result of that effort.
version 2.2.2 (10/23/2007):
NOTE: Due to the way this release was made, it is possible that
bugs marked as fixed in 2.2.1 or 2.2.2 will not be fixed
until the next release.
* Various bug and memory leak fixes
* Look for a default prefs.xml in the CSIDL_COMMON_APPDATA directory
(e.g. c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\
Application Data\purple\prefs.xml) on Windows, similarly to
how this is done on other platforms.