Pidgin (Gaim) is instant messaging client for Linux. It’s a multi protocol. You can use one program for
10 different messengers.
First, you have to download the program if you don’t have it in your system.
To install it in terminal, use:
taufanlubis@zyrex:~$ sudo apt-get install gaim
Second, setting up the program
To start, click: Application > Internet > Gaim Internet Messenger
To use it, you must have an account. If you don’t have it then you have to create it first. For example, if you want to use Yahoo, then go to www.yahoo.com to register
Third, if you have an account already then do right-click on Gaim icon (on top Ubuntu Panel): Account, Add, choose your protocol (Screen name/ Password/ Local alias) then click save.
Fourth, display buddy list. Choose who is online and you are ready to chat.