Is there any way I can set up a Instant Messaging client like Pidgin or Empathy (or any others) on Debian Linux to interface with my Google Hangouts account?

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    I'm pretty sure that this isn't possible as there isn't a way for third-party apps to interface with Hangouts. Google Chat used XMPP but Hangouts does not. Perhaps someone can prove me wrong... – LJD200 Feb 19 '16 at 22:12

The Purple Hangouts plugin adds Hangouts support to Pidgin, and is available for Debian (among other OSes).

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