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Pidgin

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Pidgin is an easy to use, multi-protocol chat client client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once. It has built-in support for NSS, offering client-to-server message encryption for protocols that support it. The program is extendable through plugins, including "Off-the-Record Messaging" and Pidgin encryption, providing end-to-end message encryption.

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Super... but no VoIP.. so useless

Negative Review by nandayo about Pidgin Aug 2013

Excellent client. Interface .. well.. ugly but a lot of plugins. Only problem is that there is no Skype support (Skypekit, hello?) and not even standard VoIP via SIP. So for me it's totally useless.

 
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https://code.google.com/p/skype4pidgin/

http://sipe.sourceforge.net/

 
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Pidgin's lack of Skype support is due to legal restraints imposed by Microsoft that effectively bar Pidgin's developers from implementing Skype in the client. That is to say, it's can't be considered a shortcoming on the part of the app or its developers and, therefore, it's unfair to use as a basis for a negative review, imo.

Yes, it's true that Skypekit has been made available by Microsoft for integrating Skype access into 3rd-party apps and devices, but the licensing explicitly forbids using Skypekit in the development of open source software. This includes the vast majority of instant messaging apps, Pidgin included. There are workarounds to this situation, namely those mentioned above -- the skype4pidgin and SIPE plugins for Pidgin. And while the Pidgin project officially does not support plugins (effectively washes their hands should skype4pidgin and SIPE devs ever be sued by Microsoft for license violation), the plugins are proving to be working and reliable solutions to integrating Skype into Pidgin.

 
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Nice software. Voice messaging is a great feature that must be included in every instant messaging software. Due to its absence most of people are forced to run Skype simultaneously.

Moreover it happens too offen to me that i need not only voice chat but also ability to remote control PC or show my desktop to explain person some tech details or make a presentation.

For this purpose I use Ammyy Admin or TeamViewer.

The first works without installation and registration, the latter seems to have more features but has certain non-commercial limitations which annoy a lot.

[Edited by Venom88, February 24]

 
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I would suggest it to anyone.

Positive Review by Mur about Pidgin Nov 2009

Very clean interface, low memory footprint (10-20K for 4 different clients), able to add spellchecker, nice features and addons and cross platform.

I would suggest it to anyone.

The only real downside to pidgin is that as of 2.6.3 there is no (or little if you are on linux) support for video / voice chat and sometimes file transfer is slow. Those should be cleared up though.

 



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