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 2.5.2 (2008-10-19)
- Fixed a crash on removing a custom buddy icon on a buddy.
- Fixed a crash caused by certain self-signed SSL certificates.
- Enable a number of strong ciphers which were previously disabled when using NSS. (Thanks to Marcus Trautwig.)
- The status selector now saves your message when changing status.
- Fix a case where a conversation window could close unexpectedly.
- A mute sounds option has been added to the preferences window to help with discoverability. CTRL+S is no longer bound to mute.
- Added ability to change the color of visited links (using the theme control plugin, or setting the color in ~/.gtkrc-2.0)
- Fix a crash occuring when a custom smiley is deleted and re-added and used in an open conversation after being re-added.
- A new ‘Nested Grouping’ option in the ‘Grouping’ plugin. Group hierarchies are defined by the ‘/’ character in the group names.
- A bug was fixed where some key-bindings wouldn’t work with some TERMs (e.g. xterm-color, screen-linux etc.)
- Operations (such as moving to a new group) on contacts that were added in the same session should now complete correctly, and not cause synchronization errors at next login.
- Minor fixes to login process during a server transfer.
- Restored the “Has You” feature to the MSN protocol tooltips.
- ADL 205/214/etc errors should no longer prevent login.
- Sending and receiving custom smileys using the specification in XEP-0231 (bits of binary) and XHTML-IM
- Only send a Ping once every hour. This prevents the account from being disconnected from the server periodically.
- Win32 Changes:
- Updated GTK+ to 2.12.12 – This will resolve an issue with stuff in QQ appearing as “(NULL)”