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Version 2.6.2 of Pidgin was released on Saturday. This multi-protocol instant messaging program can handle the networks of AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, irc, MSN, MySpaceIM, QQ, Silc, Simple, Sametime, XMPP, Yahoo and Zephyr. During installation, you can choose from as many as seventy different languages ​​and add spell check. Binaries are available for Windows, but the source code can be compiled under Linux and integrates well into Gnome and KDE. For Mac OS X users, there is Adium X.

In version 2.6.0, a newer version of libpurple has been introduced, which now enables video and speech. At the moment this only works with the XMPP protocol (Jabber and Google Talk), but not yet in the Windows version. The new version of libpurple also makes it possible to customize the appearance of Pidgin. Since version 2.6.0, the following changes have been made to the program:

Changes in version 2.6.2


  • Fix –disable-avahi to actually disable it in configure, as opposed to just making the warning non-fatal.
  • Fix using GNOME proxy settings properly. (Erik van Pienbroek)


  • Fix parsing of invalid TOPIC messages. (CVE-2009-2703)


  • Sending custom smileys in chats is now supported.
  • Ink messages are now saved when using the HTML logger.
  • Fix a crash when receiving some handwritten messages.
  • Fix a crash when receiving certain SLP invite messages.
  • Chats with multiple people should no longer spontaneously disconnect.


  • Prompt the user before canceling a presence subscription.
  • Escape status messages that have HTML entities in the Get Info dialog.
  • Fix connecting to XMPP domains with no SRV records from Pidgin on Windows.
  • Fix typing notifications with Pidgin 2.5.9 or earlier.
  • Fix connecting using BOSH and legacy authentication (XEP-0078).
  • Adding buddies of the form “romeo@…/Resource” are handled properly. In addition, it is no longer possible to add buddies of the form “room@…/User”, where room@… is a MUC.
  • Don’t crash when receiving “smileyfied” XHTML-IM from clients that don’t support bits of binary (ie. when getting an empty in return)
  • Fix bug where SSL/TLS was not required even though the “require SSL/TLS” preference checked when connecting to servers that use the older iq-based authentication. (CVE-2009-3026)

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  • Accounts now have “Use account proxy for SSL connections” option. This option force-overrides the account specific proxy settings for SSL connections only and instead uses the global proxy configuration.


  • Properly detect libpanel on OpenBSD. (Brad Smith)
  • Remove IO watches in gnt_quit. (Tomasz Mon)


  • Fix the auto-personize functionality in the Buddy List.
  • Set the window icon for the media window to an icon corresponding to the type of call (headphone or webcam).
  • Customized sound files are no longer reset whenever opening the Preferences dialog.
  • The buddy list should now immediately refresh upon changing the icon theme.

Changes in version 2.6.1

Bug fixed

  • Fix a crash when some users send you a link in a Yahoo IM
  • Fix compilation with GTK+ < 2.6.0
  • Fix compilation on Windows

Version number 2.6.2
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 2000, Linux, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008
Website Pidgin
File size 13.70MB
License type GPL
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