PidginAfter Gaim had a run in with AOL over their name, the project was renamed to Pidgin and development continued. This was very good news as any future releases had been halted until the situation was resolved.

With a fresh new logo (pictured to the right) and some great new features Pidgin 2.0 is all ready. Take a look at just a few of the things that makes Pidgin 2 an amazing instant messenger:

  • Supports AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, Jabber, ICQ, IRC, SILC, SIP/SIMPLE, Novell GroupWise, Lotus Sametime, Bonjour, Zephyr, Gadu-Gadu, and QQ instant messenger networks.
  • Fresh new interface adds a more modern look to the software.
  • Preferences are now in tabs instead of a tree-like layout.
  • Toolbars removed from chat windows (except for formatting toolbar). I’m definitely glad they did this.
  • Online/offline icons are now unified across all of the various messenger networks. If a buddy is online it will only show a green circle, but you can still find out what network a buddy is on by hovering over their name.

I haven’t officially been able to see a list of changes in Pidgin 2.0 because the site is currently down, but you can still download Pidgin 2.0 from SourceForge without any troubles.

I’m sure some of you are really don’t like the last bullet that I mentioned regarding the removal of network icons next to the buddy list. This is pretty controversial since the network icon made it easy to distinguish between your buddies that were online, but now they all look the same. Personally, I like the change and it makes the interface seem a lot cleaner, but then again I’m not using a ton of different networks either.

The future looks bright for Pidgin now that the AOL woes are behind them. They no longer have a name nor an icon that looks anything like AIM, so they should have a safe journey ahead of them.

For a more complete review visit Ars Technica. They cover many of the changes and walk you through some of the features found in Pidgin 2.

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