Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log into accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on XMPP and sitting in an IRC channel at the same time.
Pidgin is compatible with the following chat networks out of the box: Jabber/XMPP, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, 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 2.14.4 release notes:
Notice for Windows users – We are aware of an issue with the installer failing to download the dictionaries used for spellchecking. We are currently working on a fix and hope to have this resolved as soon as possible.
- Use LT_LIB_M to find the math library. This should simplify things for various distros including the BSD’s. (Review 608) (and, Justin Lechner)
- Removed a dangling reference to oscar that was causing the unit tests to fail. (Review 605) (Gary Kramlich)
- Update purple-remote and purple-url-handler to have a Python 3 shebang. (Review 609) (Richard Laager)
- Install our AppData file into the $prefix/share/metainfo. (Review 607) (Lars Wendler)
- Re-enable the Gevolution plugin and set the evolution-data-server requirement to >= 3.6. (Review 610) (Ed Catmur, Lars Wendler)
- Output pkg-config files so that our Windows builds can be seen by meson. Grim owes a blog post on how this works. (Review 615) (Gary Kramlich)
- Update the debug symbols download in the installer to the inetc plugin. (Review 627) (Gary Kramlich)
- Make sure the uninstaller removes all files that we install. (Review 612) (Gary Kramlich)