It may not be the default chat client in Ubuntu any longer, but Pidgin is still an awesome application.
Below are 5 tweaks and plugin’s i install off-the-bat when i’m faced with a fresh version of Pidgin.
Pidgin Facebook Chat
Chat to Facebook contacts from within Pidgin and see available contacts sat amongst the rest of your pidgin contacts.
- sudo apt-get install pidgin-facebookchat
Or download the latest .deb from the official project page @ http://code.google.com/p/pidgin-facebookchat/
MusicTracker is a “now playing” plug-in for Pidgin. It supports a palatable herd of music players, from Banshee to LastFm and provides a wide range of customization options (such as format, when to show, etc.)
Open a terminal
- sudo apt-get install pidgin-musictracker
Configure via the plug-ins menu.
Auto-resize Buddy List
Auto-resize does what its name implies: it automatically adjust the height of pidgin to fit the number of contacts in the buddy list. Particularly useful if you only choose to show currently on-line contacts.
Deb available @ http://raoulito.info/plugins/pidgin_autoresize/
Avatars To The Left
Display contacts avatars on the left of the screen with this tweaked theme.
Create a folder called ‘themes’ in ~/.purple/ and then select the theme via Pidgin’s preferences menu.
You can install a gazillion extra smiley themes with one command in Ubuntu: –
- sudo apt-get install pidgin-themes