It has now been for a while that Gaim has changed its name to Pidgin (no, it is not pigeon…) due to a lawsuit with AOL and published the version 2 of this instant messenger. Now they have released 2.0.1, so I decided to install this new version.
My Ubuntu did not automatically install the new version. Unfortunately I could not find a .deb-package for Pidgin, so I had to compile Pidgin myself. Before doing that I made a backup of my folder ~/.gaim containing my preferences.
First, I had to download the source and then unpack the .tar.bz2-file using the command
tar -xjf pidgin-2.0.1.tar.bz2. After a
cd pidgin-2.0.1, I executed the first of the classic three commands to compile a program:
./configure. Unfortunately I got the message You must have libxml2 >= 2.6.0 development headers installed to build. so that I had to install
sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev before again executing
./configure. This time everything went well and I was told configure complete, now type ‘make’. Obviously I followed this advise and typed
make which busied my aging computer for a couple of minutes. To finalize the installation I had to type
make install. After that, everything was ok.
I can now start Pidgin by typing
pidgin in the terminal or by using the entry in the menu (Network -> Pidgin Instant Messenger).
Pidgin does not seem to have changed a lot compared to the beta version of Gaim 2 that I had installed before (however it has changed a lot compared to the older versions). The design and icons are different and more modern, but the functionalities are about the same. Unfortunately it does not support video or voice chats, but personally I prefer writing over talking, so this missing feature does not really disturb me. What I really appreciate is that Pidgin supports no less than 15 different protocols. As an example, I use it for my ICQ, MSN and GoogleTalk accounts.
Some more possible errors when executing ./configure
If you get the error You must have the GLib 2.0 development headers installed to build. you will have to execute the command
sudo apt-get install libglib2.0-dev
If you get the error You must have the GTK+ 2.0 development headers installed to compile Pidgin. type
sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev. This will install a whole bunch of programs.