Pidgin is multi-platform and multi-protocol chat client software that makes it possible to keep all contacts in one place and talk to GTalk, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ etc. buddies using one application. Honestly speaking I found it literally the best application for my IM communication purposes and my choice was just double-confirmed as now Pidgin allows to add also Skype and Facebook contacts and communicate with them! See below how to enable this under Ubuntu (no matter Lucid or Maverick).
First of all install the latest version of Pidgin available for your Ubuntu distribution as well as necessary plugins. To get Pidgin installed you are welcome to use Ubuntu Software Center, Synaptic Package Manager or simply type the following line in Gnome Terminal (Ubuntu Main Menu –> Accessories –> Terminal):
sudo apt-get install pidgin pidgin-skype pidgin-facebookchat -y
For Skype go to skype.com and download the latest deb package for Ubuntu, for today it is 188.8.131.52 that supports text and video chats but surprisingly doesn’t supports conferences. Anyways here are commands to accomplish Skype installation quickly:
cd /tmp wget http://download.skype.com/linux/skype-ubuntu-intrepid_184.108.40.206-1_i386.deb sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-intrepid_220.127.116.11-1_i386.deb
Once finished load Skype application and sing in with your ID — you still have to keep Skype loaded to communicate its contacts using Pidgin. Now it’s time to start Pidgin from Ubuntu menu –> Internet section and point it to all of your IM accounts including MSN/Live, Yahoo, ICQ, Jabber, Facebook, Skype or anything else you use for chatting (Accounts –> Manage Accounts –> Add):
From this moment you will see Skype and Facebook friends in Pidgin’s contact list.
Say hello to somebody!