FYI: HP Netbook 1120NR does not permit upgrade from Pidgin 2.4.3

Daniel Atallah datallah at
Tue Sep 22 10:22:08 EDT 2009

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 10:14, Howard Cunningham <
Howard.Cunningham at> wrote:

> I have been trying to upgrade the Pidgin 2.4.3 client in this HP netbook to
> a newer one so that Yahoo Messenger would work.
>    1. The 1st level problem is that Pidgin is not listed in the Add/Update
>    software list and hence will not update.
>    2. The technical problem blocking a workaround of #1 is that this
>    Netbook identifies itself as ‘hardy-hpmini’ but the Pidgin download update
>    is only for ‘hardy’. If you download ‘hardy’, update manager refuses to
>    install it. If you try for ‘hardy-hpmini’ it is not there (of course).
>    3. The final problem is the claim by HP Support that Pidgin is NOT
>    installed on the Netbook and therefore they do not support it. Despite my
>    assurances that it was there when the device 1st powered up, the
>    escalation case manager said that it was NOT pre-installed and hence could
>    not be supported.
>    4. Since I only have a 16 GB flash drive and had lost interest, I did
>    not pursue building Pidgin from source on the Netbook.
> I have returned the Netbook.
> Does anyone know of a Netbook with an SSD running Linux that allows you to
> update Pidgin so that Yahoo Messenger works? Is my only alternative XP Home?
This isn't the first time this has come up.

Have you considered trying the ubuntu netbook edition:

I haven't tried it, but it looks like it might be a viable solution.

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