Multi-platform instant messaging client (formerly named Gaim). It was the default chat client before the 9.10 release.



Pidgin is a graphical, modular instant messaging client capable of using multiple networks at once. Currently supported are: AIM/ICQ, Yahoo!, MSN, IRC, Jabber/XMPP/Google Talk, Napster, Zephyr, Gadu-Gadu, Bonjour, Groupwise, Sametime, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and MXit.

Some extra packages are suggested to use increased functionality:

  • gnome-panel | kdebase-workspace-bin | docker: - To use the system tray icon functionality (minimizing to an icon, having the icon blink when there are new messages, etc.)
  • libsqlite3-0: - To use Contact Availability Prediction plugin
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