Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log into accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on XMPP and sitting in an IRC channel at the same time.
Pidgin is compatible with the following chat networks out of the box: Jabber/XMPP, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, 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 2.14.8 release notes:
Notice for Windows users - We are aware of an issue with the installer failing to download the dictionaries used for spellchecking. We are currently working on a fix and hope to have this resolved as soon as possible.
This release only has a few random bug fixes, but it does fix a regression that was causing some timestamp issues at least with the Discord plugin.
- Fix a regression in purple_str_to_time. (PIDGIN-17552) (Review 931) (Gary Kramlich)
- Fix a double free in jabber/message.c. (PIDGIN-17547) (Review 932) (Gary Kramlich, pv32768)
- Fix the link to the support mailing list archive in the About Dialog. (Review 929) (Gary Kramlich)