Pidgin (formerly Gaim) is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Lotus Sametime, and Zephyr networks. Gaim users can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AOL Instant Messenger, 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. It also goes beyond that and provides many unique features. A few popular features are 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; and plugins, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker, extended message notification, iconify on away, spell checking, tabbed conversations, and more. Pidgin runs on a number of platforms, including Windows, Linux, and Qtopia (Sharp Zaurus and iPaq).
Version 2.4.3 (2008-07-01) libpurple:
- Yahoo! Japan now uses UTF-8, matching the behavior of official clients and restoring compatibility with the web messenger (Yusuke Odate)
- Setting your buddy icon once again works for Yahoo! accounts.
- Fixes in the Yahoo! protocol to prevent a double free, crashes on aliases, and alias functionality
- Fix crashes in the bonjour protocol
- Always use UTF-8 for Yahoo! (#5973)
- Fix a crash when the given jabber id is invalid.
- Make the IRC “unknown message” debugging messages UTF-8 safe.
- Fix connecting to ICQ
- Fix a memleak when handling jabber xforms.
- Include the send button plugin in the win32 build
- Various memory leak fixes
Win32 Changes version 2.4.3 (2008-07-01):
- No changes