Pidgin is an instant messaging (IM) client that can access Gmail, MSN, AOL, Yahoo!, Jabber, and other IM and chat networks. For further information please refer to: http://www.pidgin.im
9.5.1. Configuring Pidgin
To start and configure Pidgin, select Applications > Internet > Internet Messenger from the menu panel in GNOME or the Kickoff Application Launcher > Applications > Internet > Instant Messenger menu entry for Pidgin in KDE.
Starting Pidgin for the first time goes directly into the Accounts dialog. To configure a new account follow these steps:
Click on the Add button to bring up the Add Account dialog.
In the Add Account window, under Login Options, click on the right side of the Protocol dropdown menu to show the available protocols and select the network appropriate for the account being created.
Enter details for the selected account, including Screen name, Password, and Alias. Select Remember password if desired. Click on the Save button to add the account to the account list.
Once the account is added, the Accounts window displays the new account.
New accounts can be added in the future by navigating to the Accounts > Add/Edit menu entry in the main Pidgin window.