Something reminded me I still have Pidgin installd... It's strange to think that something like 6 or 7 years ago I used to have it open all the time because all my friends were on gTalk and MSN
@Gargron I miss the days when I could chat with everyone, regardless of what service they used, through a single app. AIM/Google Chat/Facebook even ICQ.
If Adium's IRC implementation hadn't been crap, I'd even had used it for IRC.
@Gargron and ICQ ;)
@SunDancer No important friends were on ICQ, only school classmates. So no good memory there
@Gargron Every time I switch platforms, I lose a couple friends. I'm currently in a Discord with one single friend from high school.
@Gargron I remember Pidgin, I guess all those instant chat conversations have moved to different places, like social networks or texting
@Gargron when it shut down, I was still using the aim service to talk to two people. We were able to transition to Gchat, but I feel really precarious. One of those people is my dad, and our relationship would be a lot less deep if we couldn't im
I don't understand why pidgin in in EOL state? I believe there is even bigger market demand for cross platform, cross-OS, multipurpose IM than ever!
1. have fancy-shmancy UI; while I like Pidgin's traditionalist UI, others don't
2. no one's making libpurple proto plugins for Slack & Discord or whatever - there's barely ones for open ones like Matrix! weechat is further ahead here...
3. pidgin allegedly has maintenance issues; security patches have trouble getting pushed to stable so I hear
4. desktop is less important
(tl;dr: factors for normal people to use pidgin/supported protos aint there anymore)
@Gargron my refusal to move to Skype when MSN did lost me most of my university friends from circa 2005.
I do have XMPP but none of my friends have been online since Gmail stopped federating.
Telegram seems to be the last place I can find any of my friends and I'm not sure they would survive a switch to another platform.
Get a Matrix.org account, and you can use Pidgin again 😉
@Gargron Skype got reverse engineered as a libpurple plugin recently.
@Gargron /me sighs
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