A few weeks ago one of my friends told me about this chat client that can roll all your online chatting accounts into the one program. After being told 3 or 4 times I finally decided to install it and give it a try, and I must say I was very impressed.
If you would like to stay logged into facebook chat, as well as MSN or Xfire, I highly recommend it.
Supported chat networks:
- Google Talk
- FaceBook (3rd Party Plugin)
- Xfire (3rd Party Plugin)
Expand Shortened URLs – Expand inline short URLs
Extended Preferences – This plugin provides a number of different preferences that were either rejected or “slashed” from Pidgin. It was originally created to provide Windows users with a way to make the text inside their conversation windows larger, but now performs a number of other functions.
Music Tracker – The MusicTracker Plugin allows you to customize your status message with information about currently playing song from your music player. Portions initially adopted from pidgin-currenttrack project.
Pidgin GUIOps – Pidgin GUIOps provides more GUI customization options
Protocol Icon Override – Lets you change protocol icons per-account so that you can tell the difference between, say, a personal XMPP account and one used for work
Session Save – Saves your sessions and restores them next time you start purple.
Toolbar ‘n’ Statusbar – Adds toolbar to buddy list with buttons: add a new contact, settings of display a buddy list, enable or disable sound notifications and quick access to program settings and user accounts. Creates a statusbar that displays the active accounts, and allows you to change the status and the mood of each of the accounts from the menu. Allows you to hide the main menu. Adds a context menu to empty space of buddy list.
Here is a little information from their website:
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. Looking for Pidgin for OS X? Try Adium!
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, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MXit, 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, GNOME2, KDE 3, and KDE 4.
Pidgin is free and contains no ads. All our code is open source and licensed under the GNU General Public License. This means you can get Pidgin’s underlying code and modify it to suit your needs, as long as you publish the changes you make for everyone to benefit from as well.