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Download of the Day: Pidgin 2.8.0

IM all your friends in one place.

By Steve Dougherty on Jun 10, 2011 04:22 am CDT - 4 mins, 19 secs reading time

Our Download of the Day today is Pidgin 2.8.0.

Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time.

Pidgin runs on Windows, Linux, and other UNIX operating systems.

Pidgin is compatible with the following chat networks out of the box: AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr. It can support many more with plugins.

Pidgin supports many features of these chat networks, such as file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom smilies, and typing notifications. Numerous plugins also extend Pidgin's functionality above and beyond the standard features.

Pidgin integrates with the system tray on Windows.


The latest version includes the following changes:

Changes in Version 2.8.0

* General:
- Implement simple silence suppression for voice calls, preventing wasted bandwidth for silent periods during a call.
- Added the DigiCert? High Assurance CA-3 intermediate CA, needed for validation of the Facebook XMPP interface's certificate.
- Removed the QQ protocol plugin. It hasn't worked in a long time and isn't being maintained, therefore we no longer want it.
* Pidgin:
- Duplicate code cleanup.
- Voice/Video call window adapts correctly to adding or removing streams on the fly.
- Don't cancel an ongoing call when rejecting the addition of a stream to the existing call.
- Pidgin plugins can now override tab completion and detect clicks on usernames in the chat userlist.
- Fix the tooltip being destroyed when it is full of information and cover the mouse
* libpurple:
- media: Allow obtaining active local and remote candidates.
- media: Allow getting/setting video capabilities.
- Simple Silence Suppression is optional per-account.
- Fix purple-url-handler being unable to find an account.
- media: Allow adding/removing streams on the fly.
- Support new connection states in NetworkManager 0.9.
- When removing a buddy, delete the pounces associated with it.
- media: Allow libpurple and plugins to set SDES properties for RTP conferences.
- proxy: Add new "Tor/Privacy" proxy type that can be used to restrict operations that could leak potentially sensitive data (e.g. DNS queries).
- media: Add support for using TCP relaying with TURN (will only work with libnice 0.1.0 and later).
* AIM:
- Fix setting icons with dimensions greater than 64x64 pixels by scaling them down to at most 64x64.
* Gadu-Gadu:
- Allow showing your status only to buddies.
- Updated internal libgadu to version 1.10.1.
- Updated internal libgadu to version 1.11.0.
- Suppress blank messages that happen when receiving inline images.
- Fix sending inline images to remote users, don't crash when trying to send large (> 256kB) images.
- Support typing notifications.
- Require libgadu 1.11.0 to avoid using internal libgadu.
- Optional SSL connection support for GNUTLS users (not on Windows yet!).
- Don't count received messages or statuses when determining whether to send a keepalive packet.
- Fix a crash when receiving images on Windows or an incorrect timestamp in the log when receiving images on Linux.
- Support XML events, resulting in immediate update of other users' buddy icons.
- Accept poorly formatted URLs from other third-party clients in the same manner as the official client.
* ICQ:
- Fix setting icons with dimensions greater than 64x64 pixels by scaling them down to at most 64x64.
- Fix unsetting your mood when "None" is selected.
- Ignore Daylight Saving Time when performing calculations related to birthdays.
- It is now possible to specify multiple encodings on the Advanced tab of an ICQ account's settings by using a comma-delimited list.
* IRC:
- Add "authserv" service command.
* MSN:
- Fix a hard-to-exploit crash in the MSN protocol when using the HTTP connection method.
* MXit:
- Support for an Invite Message when adding a buddy.
- Fixed bug in splitting-up of messages that contain a lot of links.
- Fixed crash caused by timer not being disabled on disconnect. (introduced in 2.7.11)
- Clearing of the conversation window now works.
- When receiving an invite you can display the sender's profile information, avatar image, invite message.
- The Change PIN option was moved into separate action.
- New profile attributes added and shown.
- Update to protocol v6.3.
- Added the ability to view and invite your Suggested Friends, and to search for contacts.
- Also display the Status Message of offline contacts in their profile information.
- Remember the previously entered user directory when searching.
- Correctly handle a buddy's unsetting his/her vCard-based avatar.
- Squash one more situation that resulted in duplicate entries in the roster (this one where the server reports the buddy as being in the same (empty) group.
* Plugins:
- The Voice/Video Settings plugin now includes the ability to test microphone settings.
- Fix a crash when handling some saved settings in the Voice/Video Settings plugin.
* Windows-Specific Changes:
- Fix building libpurple with Visual C++ .NET 2005. This was accidentally broken in 2.7.11.
- Build internal libgadu using packed structs, fixing several long-standing Gadu-Gadu issues.

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