Pidgin is an open-source multi-platform instant messaging client used by millions, based on a library named libpurple. Libpurple has support for many commonly used instant messaging protocols, allowing the user to log into various services from one application.
Pidgin supports multiple operating systems, It runs on Microsoft Windows and Unixes such as Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, and AmigaOS.
Pidgin supported chat networks
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 supported chat networks: AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MXit, MySpaceIM, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo! and Zephyr
How To use Pidgin
- Download Pidgin and then install it on your computer.
- Launch Pidgin, and then click the menu "Accounts -> Manage Accounts" to add the account of the appropriate messaging services.
- Use the checkbox in the account editor to enable the current account.
How to configure Pidgin for Google Talk
- Click "Accounts -> Manage Accounts", and then click Add from the Accounts window.
- Enter the following information in the Add Account window:
- Protocol: XMPP
- Screen Name: your Google Talk username (without any @ symbol or domain).
- Server: Enter a server value depending on your type of account:
- Gmail users should enter gmail.com
- Google Mail users (firstname.lastname@example.org) should enter googlemail.com
- If you're signing in with a Google Account that's not linked to any Google email product, enter gmail.com
- Google Apps users, please visit the Apps Help Center for instructions
- Password: enter your password
- Local Alias: leave this field blank
- Remember password: check the box if you'd like Pidgin to remember your password
- New mail notifications: check the box if you'd like Pidgin to notify you of unread email in your inbox.
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