Pidgin Version 2.5.6 – Released 19/05/2009

Pidgin is an all in one instant messenger client, boasting a slick and fast user interface with versions available for

The change log, which has predomently been geared around logged tickets with the pidgin development team is:

  • libpurple
    • Improve sleep behavior by aggregation of longer timeouts on second boundaries to allow better power saving. (Arunan Balasubramaniam)
    • Fix various crashes on exit.
    • Make XML parsing more resilient to interactions with other libraries. This, along with the fix for libxml2 bug 564217, fixes the crashes on connect in XMPP with recent gst-plugins-bad (see #8830 for details).
    • Many security related fixes
  • IRC
    • Correctly handle WHOIS for users who are joined to a large number of channels.
    • Notify the user if a /nick command fails, rather than trying fallback nicks.
  • MSN
    • Fix a race condition causing occasional Pidgin crashes.
    • Fix some errors about the friendly name changing too fast caused by MSN/Yahoo integration buddies.
  • XMPP
    • Less likely to pop up a new conversation window in disregard of the “Hide new IM conversations” preference.
  • Yahoo
    • Fix a crash when sending very long messages.
    • Fix a bug where UTF-8 status messages get garbled when going idle.

Pidging currently supports the following networks:

  • AIM
  • Bonjour
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • Google Talk
  • Groupwise
  • ICQ
  • IRC
  • MSN
  • MySpaceIM
  • QQ
  • SILC
  • Sametime
  • XMPP
  • Yahoo!
  • Zephyr

Why not give pidgin a try, and chuck out some of your other clients!

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Linux sports an alternative to ipconfig, which is called ifconfig.

You have to run ifconfig as an admin user, so in a terminal window type:

– You will be prompted to enter the admin accounts password
– You should now be presented with a list of all the network card configuration details for your PC.

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Recently my SuSe 11.1 install stopped booting, after further investigation I found the following error in the log files: Fatal Server Error: No Screens Found after some hunting around the net, and many failed tests. I finally managed to resolve the issue..

If you are suffering from the same problem, try:
Log in as rootType “sax2 -m 0=vesa”

This should load the vesa driver.

Now reboot and you should find you will at least get your GUI back.Once logged back on, you may then want to adjust your display driver etc.

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From a Terminal window simply type:

mkisofs -o /tmp/cd.iso /tmp/directory/

Obviously replacing the path to the ISO and the path to the directory with where you want to store the ISO, and the path to the disk you want to backup.

It really is as simple as that! If only Windows had that facility built in!

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