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Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller on October 03, 2008 (9:00:00 PM)

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Pidgin, formerly known as Gaim, is a popular Instant Messaging (IM) client for Linux. It works with 16 different IM services, including AIM, Yahoo, MSN, and Google, and can handle simultaneous connections to as many of them as you like. This 10-minute video is a brief introduction to Pidgin that shows how easy it is to install, in this case on OpenSUSE 11, how easy it is to set Pidgin up to use an existing IM account, and how to find and join an IRC channel with Pidgin.

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Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.180.106.44] on October 03, 2008 10:45 PM
> It works with 16 different IM services, including AIM, Yahoo, MSN, and Google,
> and can handle simultaneous connections to as many of them as you like.

... and it stores password plain text

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Re: Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 204.50.208.4] on October 06, 2008 05:26 PM
The various IM protocols like MSN exchange passwords in plain text so storing them as such is very little additional risk. In the case of MSN and Yahoo, your also anouncing your email credentials each time your IM connects. If the IM protocol weaknessess where to be addressed properly then this would more of an issue.

On the up side, if you forget a password, you can always pop it off the wire just like anyone with malicious intent would do. ;)

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Re(1): Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.180.106.44] on October 06, 2008 09:42 PM
I thought "modern" MSN is authentifying with HTTPS to Microsoft's Passport servers.
And with XMPP you can use TLS/SSL.
I don't know about ICQ, AIM and friends ...

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Re(2): Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 204.50.208.4] on October 07, 2008 03:48 PM
I'll have to recheck against the latest MSN client. Unless it has changed, I'm still seeing my credentials sent off wide open based on my traffic analyzer.

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Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.96.205.216] on October 04, 2008 04:48 AM
Robin you are still my hero!

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Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.38.54.103] on October 04, 2008 05:16 AM
Why, oh Why is he using a Gnome program on KDE?

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Re: Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.180.106.44] on October 04, 2008 09:36 AM
maybe because (AFAIK) Kopete cannot save a private certificate but just "ignore" certificate error ?

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Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 207.118.123.162] on October 04, 2008 06:35 PM
Ugh! This is so boring!

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Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 210.50.107.54] on October 05, 2008 05:08 AM
That's ironic - a video tour of a video-less IM client :-P

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Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 58.71.68.252] on October 05, 2008 08:48 AM
Pidgin will be burried by Empathy soonest! Devs, be stubborn still and you will be in extinction forever :)

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Re: Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.33.36.231] on October 05, 2008 11:38 AM
I already stopped using Pidgin and started using Meebo because Pidgin devs don't seem to care about the users at all. Instead of making their app customizable, they opt to take away features and give users no options. A great example is the manual resizing of the text input field problem. They removed the option to manually resize the text input field, and they dont care if the users want it back. Use Meebo, the devs are much nicer people.

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Re(1): Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 204.50.208.4] on October 06, 2008 05:28 PM
If Meebo provides a *nix, Windows and portablapp version, then I'd happily consider using it. Currently, Pidgin is the only multi-IM client I can use across my various Linux installs and from usb flash when forced to use a Windows machine.

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Re: Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 81.10.126.24] on October 05, 2008 12:51 PM
> Pidgin will be burried by Empathy soonest! Devs, be stubborn still and you will be in extinction forever :)

Amen to that Anonymous brother!

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Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.249.6.134] on October 05, 2008 02:54 PM
I like Pidgin and it works great with my Zimbra Colaboration Suite.

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Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 204.26.70.70] on October 06, 2008 03:25 PM
No way to set resource or priority in jabber... Nuf said...

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Pidgin instant messaging client: a video tour

Posted by: Fletch on October 08, 2008 03:19 PM
Not a bad article, however, I find video for a program like this a bit overkill. I use Kopete. It has a few bugs that are annoying, but no show stoppers. I have used Pidgin in the past, but I found that as a KDE user, it had alot of nice features integrating with the Kontact address book and such. Both are decent messengers.

Haz

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