Ubuntu ships Pidgin but does not update it after a release (except for security issues and high-severity bugs). For those users who desire new releases of Pidgin, we have packaged Pidgin in a PPA. If you encounter problems with these packages, try building from source and report the bug.
To setup the PPA, follow these steps:
1. Click to download the Pidgin PPA package.
2. Select Open with: and GDebi Package Installer. Click OK.
3. Click Install Package.
4. Click Close. Then close GDebi.
After doing this, check for and apply updates:
1. Click System, point to Administration, and click Update Manager.
2. Click Check.
3. Click Install Updates.
Future Pidgin updates will show up in Update Manager along with the usual Ubuntu updates.
This PPA often lags behind the source releases a couple of days, so please be patient.
This PPA supports Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) and newer.