Sunday, December 20, 2009

Instant Messenger for Linux, How to Install and Configure

Messenger for Linux, how to get to play with it!

It just doesn't work like Windows. No Yahoo Messenger(there is an archaic release available though), no google talk. So what! Still we have the best instant message client in Linux. You might have heard about it. It's pidgin.

To start pidgin click Main Menu -> Internet -> Pidgin Instant Messenger

If you don't find it there install it. For Fedora Core, type su, provide root password, hit enter and then type the command as shown below.

# su

# yum install pidgin

For Ubuntu try this,
# sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver \
# echo deb \
`lsb_release --short --codename` main | \
sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pidgin-ppa.list

# sudo apt-get update
# sudo apt-get install pidgin

After it is installed you'll find it in the menu. Now after clicking the icon in the menu you'll see a dialog box appeared.

Click add. Select protocol, for example, if you want to use your yahoo id then you have to select yahoo id.

Enter correct username and password. If it is your own PC then might like to check the tickbox before "Remember Password"

Locat alias is the name you want be familiared with. You can provide any name. Just don't do mistake in the username and password. After clicking add pidgin will log you in if entered information was correct!

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