Pidgin 2.4.0 (a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client) was released some days ago.
I personally use it to stay in touch with my old (ICQ) and new (MSN) friends.
You can install it from the repositories (sudo apt-get install pidgin) but chances are this is an old version. So you can do this foirst to be sure all dependencies and GUI menu entries will be ok (verify that libgnutls13 package is installed if you need MSN support).
The way to compile it is pretty standard:
- download it here: http://downloads.sourceforge.net/pidgin/pidgin-2.4.0.tar.bz2
- open a console, go to the directory where you saved the file and type this (pressing enter at the end of each line):
tar xjfv pidgin-2.4.0.tar.bz2
sudo make install
The '--enable-gnutls=yes' argument is necessary for MSN support, if you don't have/need an MSN account, you can ommit it.
Run the program by typing "pidgin".
If Pidgin doesn't start and returns the message "pidgin: symbol lookup error: pidgin: undefined symbol: purple_account_get_current_error", type the following commands in the console:
sudo rm ./libpurple.so.0
sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/libpurple.so.0
Now it should work like a charm!
PS: I know that MSN Messenger is now called Windows Live Messenger (I wrote MSN because it's just shorter to write).