Pidgin is a graphical program,you can sign on to MSN,skype,Jabber,and other IM networks with it.,AIM,Yahoo,
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.
After Pidgin installed,start it at Applications–>Internet–>Pidgin Internet Messenger,you will see following welcome screen,click Add to add accounts.
In “Protocol”,select one you want and enter username,password and so on,click Add at bottom to create.
To add more accounts,click Accounts–>Manage Accounts and click Add in next window.
Click here to install Fonomo plugin for pidgin,which can extend the popular Pidgin instant messenge to support video.