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I have installed Skype but, despite the recent updates, it still seems to have bugs. Anyway, I am looking for an alternative for it, and I saw from internet that there are plenty of Open Source alternatives to Skype: Ekiga, Linphone. Blink, Jitsi, Empathy so on.

Anyway, I did not installed and tried any of those, except for Empathy which looks promising but it was a big disappointment to me and I will unistall it.

So, the idea is: What other app should I use in order to keep contact with my Skype friends? I don't wont to install, let's say, Ekiga, and then ask my friends to create IDs on Ekiga. I don't think is polite from my part to ask/force people to change their software just because it doesn't fit my taste.

As a Windows user, I did used Yahoo Messenger and Gtalk app. Now, when I'm on Linux, I use Pidgin to chat with my friends from both these accounts. Well, I need something like Pidgin, but for Skype. I need an app which I can use with my Skype ID and I can add my Skype friends to it, without having to ask them to join the new app. In extremis, I am willing to create an ID for the new app, but I still need to add my Skype friends to it in the conditions mentioned above.

Is there any such app where I can import my Skype friends (just like I did with my YM and Gtalk friends in Pidgin)?

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The short answer is: no, only skype can mannage skype accounts.

Also Pidgin is a client not a server, you did not import your friends. If you are interested in using Skype in Pidgin you can go to the third party plugin site and check for the Skype IM plugin.

Notice that for skype buddies to show in Pidgin you will need to run both skype and pidgin at the same time and that this functionality might stop working in the future due to api changes in skype that will, if you insist in using it, "force" you to keep an old version of skype installed with all the issues involved.

http://code.google.com/p/skype4pidgin/

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By the way, the OP can still wait for the new Microsoft Skype API to come out... (that's a nice joke, isn't it ?) –  John WH Smith Jan 19 at 14:43
    
@xangua "Importing friends", "adding friends", whatever! :-) I am aware of the fact that I might not use the terminology properly. Anyway, it is too bad that, in the long list of Open Source alternatives to Skype, there is none that can be used as replacement to Skype. Thank you for your detailed answer and for the third party plugin suggested. I'll give it a try although the ide of having two apps running in the same time is not very enchanting/attractive and defies logic. But, if there isn't any other solution, I guess I'll have to give this a try... –  Cristiana Nicolae Jan 19 at 15:30
    
@JohnWHSmith What is OP? –  Cristiana Nicolae Jan 19 at 15:31
    
@CristianaNicolae OP means the Original Poster of the question, which would be you in this case. :) –  Merri Jan 19 at 16:14
    
Thanks @Merri! Its good to know! I really didn't know about this! –  Cristiana Nicolae Jan 19 at 17:14
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