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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Add pidgin PPA to sources list to upgrade pidgin with update manager

Ubuntu ships Pidgin but does not update it after a release (except for security issues). 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, copy-and-paste these commands into a terminal:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 67265eb522bdd6b1c69e66ed7fb8bee0a1f19asdf6a8 /etc/lsb-release
echo deb $DISTRIB_CODENAME main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pidgin-ppa.list
Once this PPA is setup, Pidgin updates will show up in Update Manager along with the usual Ubuntu updates. The PPA will need to be re-setup only after upgrading Ubuntu.

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