Install Pidgin 2.11.0 in Ubuntu / LinuxMint / CentOS

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Pidgin is an open source IM messaging client that includes a wide range of benefits to users. It is available for Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

The below IM Protocols are supported:-
XMPP/Jabber, IRC, ICQ, AIM, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, Google Talk, MySpaceIM, Zephyr, Bonjour, MXit, Sametime, Groupwise, MSN, SIMPLE, Yahoo!, Yahoo! Japan, and Facebook.

Similar to other IM's these also contains custom smileys,room list, sending files, moods, sounds, custom themes and many more.

In this tutorial i will show you how to install the latest version of Pidgin 2.11.0 in Ubuntu / LinuxMint and CentOS from the source code

Changelog in Pidgin 2.11.0

  • 2.10.12 was accidentally released with new additions to the API and should have been released as 2.11.0. Unfortunately, we did not catch the mistake until after 2.10.12 was released, but we're fixing it now. See ChangeLog.API for more information.
  • Include the Mozilla certificate bundle. This fixes connecting to servers with certificates from Let's Encrypt. Remove all 1024-bit CAs
  • media: fix an issue with ximagesink displaying only a corner cut-out of a larger webcam video.
  • mediamanager: update output window destruction so that it reflects recent changes in the media pipeline structure.
  • Ported Instantbird's CommandUiOps to libpurple.
  • Fixed #14962
  • Fixed alignment of incoming right-to-left messages in protocols that don't support rich text
  • Fix a potential crash while exiting pidgin

Installation Steps:

Step 1:Install dependencies 

Before proceeding for installation  the dependencies need to be installed

sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev libglib2.0-dev libglade2-dev libgstreamer0.10-dev libfarstream-0.1-dev libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev libidn11-dev libmeanwhile-dev tk8.4-dev

Install intltool
tar -xvf intltool-0.50.2.tar.gz
cd intltool-0.50.2
./configure --prefix=/usr && make && make install

Step 2: Download the source file and configure
tar -xjvf pidgin-2.11.0.tar.bz2
cd pidgin-2.11.0
make && make install
Step 3 : Launch pidgin


while launching the application if you got error like below

pidgin : error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

run the below commands and launch the pidgin once again
sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/ /usr/lib/ 
sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/ /usr/lib/
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