Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client that supports AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, IRC, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once.
USE flags for net-im/pidgin GTK Instant Messenger client
||Include support for the Mac OS X Aqua (Carbon/Cocoa) GUI|
||Enable dbus support for anything that needs it (gpsd, gnomemeeting, etc)|
||Enable support for Evolution-Data-Server (EDS)|
||Enable Gadu Gadu protocol support|
||Enable Novell Groupwise protocol support|
||Enables voice and video sessions|
||Builds Pidgin, the GTK+ interface|
||Enable support for Internationalized Domain Names|
||Enable meanwhile support for Sametime protocol|
||Build finch, console interface|
||Enable net-misc/networkmanager support|
||Build programs as Position Independent Executables (a security hardening technique)|
||Enable Contact Availability Prediction plugin|
||Build libgnt (GLib Ncurses Toolkit used by finch) with python scripting support|
||Enable SILC protocol support|
||Add dictionary support|
||Add support the Tcl language|
||Use X screensaver protocol extension to monitor idle/active status based on mouse/keyboard events|
||Enable Zephyr protocol support|
emerge --ask net-im/pidgin
Pidgin's guide is a complete guide through the process of configuring every aspect of pidgin.
Strongly consider Pidgin's configuration files are saved in plain text, so it is recommendable to use unique passwords for the accounts or always connect without saving the password. app-admin/pass is one utility (created by Jason A. Donenfeld (zx2c4)) that can generate unique passwords. Consider viewing the Password management tools article for more information.
Pidgin comes with a GUI based on Gtk that lets you interact with different protocols and stay connected to different servers as described in the Pidgin's guide
Pidgin has a community of third-party developed plugins. You can find out more on the third party plugins at the official wiki page.
emerge --ask --depclean --verbose net-im/pidgin
Configuration and logs
After unmerging, for a full clean-up, be sure to remove old logs and individual user configuration files from their default location in each pidgin user's home directory:
rm -rf ~/.purple
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