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February 28th, 2009, 11:08 PM
How do I get Yahoo Instant Messenger for Gutsy Gibbon? I'm a total beginner with Ubuntu just to warn you! Thanks :)

February 28th, 2009, 11:23 PM
You can use pidgin to set up your yahoo account in and use.

Pidgin should already be on your system, if not:

sudo apt-get install pidgin

Here is a guide:

February 28th, 2009, 11:25 PM
Probably your best bet is to use Pidgin - it's an IM client that can do Yahoo, MSN, Jabber and quite a few others.

It's probably already installed, but it's so long since I've used a default setup that I can't remember which application menu it will be under.

Run Pidgin, and I think from memory it prompts you to add your account details. Good luck, and come back if you get stuck!


EDIT: Hold the front page - two people on the Internet seem to agree!

February 28th, 2009, 11:27 PM
As everyone else recommended Pidgin is really good. In the new releases of Ubuntu it's already installed ;).

March 1st, 2009, 12:33 AM
Hmm ... seems like Yahoo have axed their Linux version. There's a new web version in beta or you can do as some others have said and use Pidgin. Pidgin doesn't have web cam support though.

March 1st, 2009, 03:49 AM
Thanks all! :P

March 1st, 2009, 03:54 AM
Can I be logged on with Hotmail AND Yahoo at the same time?

March 1st, 2009, 03:59 AM
Can I be logged on with Hotmail AND Yahoo at the same time?

Yes with Pidgin you can be logged into several different services at one time.

March 7th, 2009, 05:43 AM
I cannot view my contact's webcam while using Pidging. Is there a version of Yahoo Messenger for Ubuntu ( i have 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon)

March 7th, 2009, 06:08 AM
+1 for Pidgin, but none of the protocols have audio/video support that I'm aware of. I don't use Yahoo, but apparently there's a program called GYachI (http://gyachi.sourceforge.net/intro.shtml) that supports most of the Yahoo Messenger features.

Among features supported by Gyach Enhanced :
* Webcam (Receive and Broadcast)
* Voice Chat
* Address Book
* Yahoo Chat
* Yahoo Mail Alert
* Yahoo News Alert
* Mobile Messenger Buddy Group
* 'Invisible' support
* Spam Protection
* Themable Smileys

They have some screenshots (http://gyachi.sourceforge.net/screenshots.shtml) as well. Seems a bit outdated, but it's worth a try.

You can always go with something within your browser, such as Stickam (http://www.stickam.com/about/stickam.do). As long as you have Flash you wouldn't have to worry about OS's or having to download anything.

March 13th, 2009, 04:52 PM
@ jeff_flynn
Did you find anything that worked?