Get it together with Pidgin

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How many different IM accounts do you have? AIM, ICQ, MSN–the list does go on. Each of these has their own proprietary client, so keeping track of all of them can become a real nightmare. It'd be nice if one size would fit all.

Enter Pidgin, the free, multi-protocol instant messaging client that allows you to access all of your accounts at once. Chat with all your buddies at once, without having to run half a dozen apps on your desktop at a time. Along with allowing you to exchange garden variety instant messages, Pidgin also supports file transfer, away messages, and many other features of their respective networks.

Pidgin runs on Linux (and other *NIX systems), as well as Windows. Mac users will want to check out Adium for similar functionality for their OS X machines.

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One Response to “Get it together with Pidgin”

  1. Graham says:

    Excellent software, I got it to replace the AIM client a month or so ago and have found it much more stable and less resource intensive. The ‘buddy pounce’ feature works great in combination with scripting languages, allowing you to execute commands in response to various IM events.