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20 August 2009, 10:09

Pidgin instant messenger adds video and voice support

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In addition to addressing a recent critical vulnerability, the 2.6 branch of the Pidgin instant messenger application, formerly known as Gaim, adds support for video and voice chat over XMPP, the Jabber / Google Talk protocol. The multi-platform instant messaging client is based on the libpurple library and features support for a wide variety of popular protocols, such as AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo! and many more.

The 2.6 branch includes a number of bug fixes and splits its Yahoo! protocol into two separate protocol plug-ins, one for Yahoo! and one for Yahoo! JAPAN. Additionally, the Yahoo! plug-ins now support P2P file transfers and the MSN plug-in can now receive audio clips and hand-written (ink) messages. Preliminary support for the new AIM and ICQ authentication scheme, called "clientLogin", has also been added.

More detail about the release can be found in the change log. Pidgin 2.6.1 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).


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