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Pidgin 2.7.0 fixes Yahoo! Login issues and adds New Features

Pidgin developers have pushed out a new version the open source instant messenger. This major release comes with a lots of bug fixes, a few new features and improvements to the UI.

Some of the noteworthy changes in Pidgin 2.7 include; fixes to improve Yahoo! log-in and performance improvements – like fixing the loss of some messages in Yahoo!, also the “Pager server” account option has been removed. On the other hand, while support for version 9 of MSN protocol has been removed, support for MSN’s file transfer thumbnails for images has been added. This release also addresses a MSN emoticon vulnerability in Pidgin.

Pidgin gets support for IPv6, it has been added to Bonjour protocol – also featuring in Pidgin 2.7 is a new UI for sending attentions, such as buzz (“Buzz is a feature that lets you get a contact’s attention through their IM window. When you buzz someone, you’re sending a short, not-so-quiet sound to their IM window.”) or nudge on supported protocols.

XMPP (XMPP for Google Talk, Facebook Chat) improvements in Pidgin 2.7.0 includes; a better error message when authentication fails while trying to connect to Facebook, and typing notifications that notify buddies that you are typing to them have been replaced with direct messages to a specific resource only upon receipt of a message with content (the use of unique resources allows you to connect to your XMPP server from multiple locations simultaneously).

Read Pidgin 2.7.0 changelog for more details. Pidgin 2.7.0 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Source code is also available. Pidgin is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

You can install it in Ubuntu with these lines of code.

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com \ 67265eb522bdd6b1c69e66ed7fb8bee0a1f196a8>

echo deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/pidgin-developers/ppa/ubuntu \ `lsb_release --short --codename` main | \
sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pidgin-ppa.list