The dictionary entry for the word Pidgin reads as follows: “A language made up of two or more languages, used as a way of communicating by people whose first languages are different from each other.” And that’s what Pidgin is all about about. A bridge that makes communication possible.
Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time.
Pidgin supports many features of these chat networks, such as file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom smilies, and typing notifications. Numerous plugins also extend its functionality above and beyond the standard features.
Pidgin is translated into many different languages, thanks to the generous contributions of volunteer translators.
When you install Pidgin, it will ask you for the details of the accounts you want to add. Pidgin can remember your passwords for you, but if you do not enable this option you’ll have to sign in every time. Once you’re set up, you can do all the things you would expect – change your icon, create groups, configure alerts, send files and even add bunches of Pidgin plug-ins.
For the more technically minded, one of its best features are the configuration options. These are much easier to access than in other applications and allow you to manage certificates, toggle advanced settings for your accounts, individually or together, set up proxy servers and even join chat rooms. Sounds too complicated? Don’t worry, that’s the beauty of Pidgin, you can get as technical or as simple as you like. It’s the perfect client for everyone.
The interface is very minimal and clean, with a standard green/red/yellow dot to indicate user activity or idleness, followed by the name and avatar. You can set your own custom notification and status message on the bottom and change your own avatar directly from the main menu. It’s as simple as it gets.
Pidgin is free and open-source. It is especially recommended for users who want to use a single message client for multiple services. It’s easy to use, effective and multi-protocol! You couldn’t ask for anything else! Download it here!