Pidgin is a graphical program,you can sign on to MSN,Twitter,AIM,Yahoo,skype,Jabber,and other IM networks with it.

To check if you have Pidgin installed or not,go to Applications–>Internet, “Pidgin Instant Messenger”is displayed if you already have Pidgin installed.

To install Pidgin,go to System–>Administration–>Synaptic Package Manager,and type pidgin in “Quick search” field,scroll down to find out pidgin,right click on it and select “Mark for installation”, apply to change.

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After Pidgin installed,start it at Applications–>Internet–>Pidgin Internet Messenger,you will see following welcome screen,click Add to add accounts.

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In “Protocol”,select one you want and enter username,password and so on,click Add at bottom to create.

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To add more accounts,click Accounts–>Manage Accounts and click Add in next window.

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Tips:

Click here to install Fonomo plugin for pidgin,which can extend the popular Pidgin instant messenge to support video.