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What is Pidgin?

is an IM program which lets you log in to multiple accounts on multiple
IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with
friends on AIM, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in
an IRC channel all at the same time.
Pidgin runs on Windows, Linux, and other UNIX operating systems. Looking for Pidgin for OS X? Try Adium!

is compatible with the following IM networks: AIM, ICQ, Google Talk,
Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell
GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and

Pidgin supports
many features of the various IM networks, such as file transfer, away
messages, and typing notification. It also goes beyond that and provides
many unique features. A few popular features are Buddy Pounces, which
give the ability to notify you, send a message, play a sound, or run a
program when a specific buddy goes away, signs online, or returns from
idle; and plugins, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker,
extended message notification, iconify on away, spell checking, tabbed
conversations, and more.

integrates well with GNOME 2 and KDE 3.1's system tray, as well as
Windows' own system tray. This allows you to work with Pidgin without
requiring the buddy list window to be open at all times.