Does pidgin need an Internet connection per se or can it run on internal Corporate LAN?

Bill Fassler bill.fassler at
Thu Jul 26 14:02:07 EDT 2007

OK thanks I am just trying to understand my options.  I do not have bonjour as a selection on either of my GAIM clients.  My Ubuntu box is suppose to be 100% updated. I will leave the isolated LAN and connect to the outside WAN just to see if I can find pidgin and/or an IM server that I can install.

BTW - Why is the application still GAIM on my new Ubuntu distribution? 

I just configured and built pidgin on the slackware box and when I went into /usr/local/bin and launched it, it claimed that it couldn't find libpurple even though I see it in /usr/local/lib.

I just did a regular native build

make install

So now I am wondering why my recently built pidgin didn't install correctly (at least I assume it didn't since it can't find its own libraries).

Ka-Hing Cheung <khc at> wrote: On Thu, 2007-07-26 at 10:20 -0700, Bill Fassler wrote:
> Well we deleted all our accounts and started over creating an account
> using groupwise and the first thing that happens is that it fails
> claiming it can not connect to the server.  I see in the advanced
> setting a place to put the IP of the server but like I said I am
> trying to do point to point IM on an internal isolated LAN.  We have
> no IM server.
> It appears to me you specifically suggest groupwise because it doesn't
> need a server.  I am confused.

No, Luke suggested those protocols that don't require to connect to a
particular server, or any server at all. It looks like bonjour is what
you want if everyone is on the same subnet.


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