Well to start with Pidgin is a multi-protocol IM client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once.A small apt-get would install pidgin to your linux,but backports have their own after effects which ive faced yesterday(like libnotify error)…so decided to install it from source…here is a small howto install pidgin from source
1.download the source from its homepage
2.Extract the tar.gz and compile….
Dependencies u must install are:
1.You must have the GLib 2.0 development headers installed to build
sudo apt-get install libglib2.0-dev or just search for libglib in synaptic
2.You must have the GTK+ 2.0 development headers installed
sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev2.
3.You will also need to install SSL libraries to get msn working:
sudo aptitude install libnss-dev
apt-get install libxml2-dev
apt-get install gettext
apt-get install libnss-dev libnspr-dev
apt-get install libgtkspell-dev
This worked fine for me..if any issues just comment!!!!!