Pidgin, the best multi-network instant messenger for Linux just got better. John Bailey provides all the details, which include two notable new features:
- Voice and Video – Thanks to Mike Ruprecht's Summer of Code project last year, libpurple has been updated to support voice and video. Pidgin 2.6.1 supports this for XMPP currently, but they are working on updates for other protocols.
- Theme Support – Another Summer of Code project, this one from Justin Rodriguez, adds theme support for the buddy list, sounds and status icons.
While these features are great news for Linux users, they have not yet been implemented in the Windows version. There is a long list of updates, fixes and changes. If you're using Pidgin, it's worth updating.