As you may know, Pidgin is a popular multi-protocol instant messaging client, having support for popular chat services, including Y! Messenger, Steam Chat, Facebook Chat and Jabber.
The latest version available is Pidgin 2.12, which has been released a while ago, coming with the below changes:
- Fix an out of bounds memory read in purple_markup_unescape_entity
- Fix use of uninitialised memory if running non-debug-enabled versions of glib
- Updated AIM dev and dist ID’s to new ones that were assigned by AOL.
- TLS certificate verification now uses SHA-256 checksums.
- Fixed SASL external auth for Freenode.
- Removed the protocol plugin: MSN, Mxit, MySpaceIM, Yahoo!, Facebook (XMPP)
- Fixed gnutls certificate validation errors that mainly affected google (Dequis)
- Replaced instances of d.pidgin.im with developer.pidgin.im and updated the urls to use https.
- Fixed issue of messages being silently cut off at 500 characters.
In order to successfully install Pidgin on your Ubuntu system, you have to add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the pidgin package:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/backports
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install pidgin
Optional, to remove pidgin, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove pidgin
The installation instructions work on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus and Linux Mint 18.x.