Pidgin 2.10.10

A very popular multi-protocol instant messaging client supported on Linux and Windows
Pidgin is an open source project that provides users with a multi-protocol instant messaging client that includes a wide range of attractive of benefits. It is supported under Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

Supported IM protocols include XMPP/Jabber, IRC, ICQ, AIM, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, Google Talk, MySpaceIM, Zephyr, Bonjour, MXit, Sametime, Groupwise, MSN, SIMPLE, Yahoo!, Yahoo! Japan, and Facebook.

The application features buddy pounces, certificates, custom smileys, moods, room list, file transfers, sounds, system tray integration, spell checking, custom themes, automatic reply, idle time reporting, and much more.

When opening the application for the first time, users will be asked to create a new account, which can be customized with a local alias, avatar, new email notifications, encryption, or proxy. In addition, each protocol has its own settings and features, configurable from the Advanced tab.

Standard IM functions include the ability to add buddies, add groups, add and join chats, view user information and log, sort contacts by status, recent log activity, manually, or alphabetically, as well as to view offline buddies, empty groups, idle times, buddy details and protocol icons.

A plethora of official or third-party plugins are available for Pidgin, which can add support for additional protocols, status and profile updates, enhance the security and privacy of the client, as well as to support a wide range or notification systems.

In addition, the plugins can be used to tweak the graphical user interface of the application, add Now Playing functionality, support logging and history, as well as to support many other weird functionality, such as mathematical formulas or virtual terminal.

Summing up, Pidgin is a really great instant messenger application of the Linux platform. It comes with built-in support for some of the most used IM protocols, and can be easily extended through plugins.

Reviewed by , last updated on October 22nd, 2014

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What's New in This Release:
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  • Check the basic constraints extension when validating SSL/TLS certificates. This fixes a security hole that allowed a malicious man-in-the-middle to impersonate an IM server or any other https endpoint. This affected both the NSS and GnuTLS plugins. (Discovered by an anonymous person and Jacob Appelbaum of the Tor Project, with thanks to Moxie Marlinspike for first publishing about this type of vulnerability. Thanks to Kai Engert for guidance and for some of the NSS changes) (CVE-2014-3694)
  • Allow and prefer TLS 1.2 and 1.1 when using the NSS plugin for SSL. (Elrond and Ashish Gupta) (#15909)
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Pidgin, previously known as Gaim, is an open source and multi-protocol instant messaging client for Linux, BSD, Mac OS...

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