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Pidgin (2.5.5) keeps crashing on me (Ubuntu 9.04). What is the best alternative to it that supports XMPP/Jabber as well as MSN & Yahoo?

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Pidgin, the g isn't capitalized. – Captain Segfault Sep 22 '09 at 21:44
Thank you, Captain SeGfault ;) – Loïc Wolff Sep 23 '09 at 11:53
Pidgin is up to 2.6.2, which I know fixed at least one crash condition. – mwalling Sep 23 '09 at 12:08
@mwalling: thanks for the info: it seems that the Ubuntu repos do not have it (2.6.2) yet. – jldupont Sep 23 '09 at 12:27
But there are Pidgin's own repos, instructions at – grawity Sep 23 '09 at 13:10
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For KDE users, Kopete is an excellent alternative. Empathy is also quite good and seems to be improving at a fast clip. Psi natively supports only XMPP, but can connect to other major networks via gateways.

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Kopete is more lenient than Empathy when it comes to communicating with chat bots (ones that don't implement the IQ disco protocols). – jldupont Sep 23 '09 at 12:31

Empathy has been getting alot of attention recently. Works on about as many networks as pidgin, but it lacks several of the plugins.

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As I've said elsewhere, I use a combination of irssi and BitlBee for my instant messaging needs.

It isn't flashy like a desktop IM client.

Quadpoint has lots of different articles about using Irssi here.

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I know you want alternatives, the best is probably empathy, but i wouldn't switch away until you've updated to the latest version (which has working XMPP Video and audio in ubuntu) I think an update will fix your problems, if not: Empathy Kopete Psi Coccinella Jabbin Gajim I think this might work too emesene

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Kopete, Psi and Gossip are 3 good options for you. Empathy is new, if you've time for testing it out you can try that as well. Other options :(irssi,Bitbee), it depends your needs though.

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Links would have been nice: googling for 'Gossip' is sort of time intensive-ish. – jldupont Sep 23 '09 at 12:33
Links to Gossip,Empathy,Bitbee are now added :) – Mahesh Sep 23 '09 at 14:35
Gossip is Windows only it seems....... – jldupont Sep 23 '09 at 15:07
There is linux version as well. It is in repository of ubuntu. – Mahesh Sep 23 '09 at 16:11

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