Skype Plugin for Gaim/Pidgin/Adium

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The good. This is a plugin many people (me included) have been waiting for years. Most important, it allows you to have all your buddies in one place, and communicate with them in a stemless way (no matter whether they use GTalk, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, MSN, IRC, or whatever). This has always been one of the biggest advantages of using Gaim/Pidgin/Adium. But there was still one important protocol which it could not do, because the developers of this protocol tried their very best to make this impractical: Skype. Still, a while ago, in a sudden outbreak of common sense, the Skype developers released a public API, which now made this plugin possible.

The bad. The plugin requires Skype to be running as it uses the Skype public API to communicate with a running copy of Skype. This is needed since reverse-engineering the evil Skype protocol, while not impossible, would be a daunting task (see Silver Needle in the Skype for more details about this).

Many people are using Gaim/Pidgin/Adium because it is Free Software (GPL). It is also running in more or less the same way on any operating system. This is particularly interesting for people using proprietary instant messaging clients on non-Windows machines, because they had to stick with much older versions (while for Windows, Skype is at version 3.6, for Linux it is at 1.4 and for Mac at 2.6), this assuming there was some version for their operating system. These are problems that the current plugin can unfortunately not fix, since it relies on a running (proprietary and possible outdated) copy of Skype. Still, the plugin itself is GPL.

The uggly. No voice or video support, but this is a general problem with Gaim/Pidgin/Adium, which will only get solved if someone is willing to invest some time into it. The plugin itself worked fine for me so far with Adium, even though there are some Known Issues (see readme).

Related (good) news: GTalk now interoperates with AIM and ICQ.


2 Responses to Skype Plugin for Gaim/Pidgin/Adium

  1. Eion says:

    Glad you like the plugin. 🙂

    Just to address the two bad and ugly points you raise:
    Skype does indeed need to be running for the plugin to work, however the plugin does it’s best to hide it away so that it doesn’t get in the way.
    With voice/video, the best the plugin can do at the moment is to be able to call someone from Adium by ‘right-clicking’ on the contact and clicking the “Call…” item. I’m watching the progress on the Adium/libpurple v/v branches with a close eye, and as soon as they have something stable in there you can bet that the plugin will support voice and video too.

  2. Say NO ! says:

    Pidgin Stamina…

    Pidgin is really good Multi-chatting client , that works on so many platforms and also many OS .
    you can boost Pidgin usage the same way you do with firefox or opera .. simple , small software that help pidgin do greater job .
    all you need to do is …

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