Unable to log on to Yahoo behind a proxy.

shailbruce shailbruce at gmail.com
Sun Jan 3 10:23:02 EST 2010

Alright, I search this problem a lot in both google as well as this forum but
couldn't find any solution.

I am behind a LAN network that connects to the internet through a proxy
(which requires username  and password). Since the time Yahoo decided to
suddenly change its protocols (password authentication program) I have had
no luck being able to log onto yahoo through  my linux. For some time in
between I could log on through an older version using some other pager
fields. But even that has not been working since many months. I didnt
require much messaging and so I forgot about it and went on to use web
messenger. But now I have decided to again work on this problem so that I
can once again use pidgin.

After I came to realize the yahoo's plans to do modification, I upgraded to
the latest (then) pidgin version 2.5.8 and tried to log on again; but with
no luck. Later I read in the official news site of pidgin (for version
2.5.8) that those behind proxy cannot login no matter what.

My question is : does that still hold? Will I still not be able to log on to
yahoo in the latest versions. From my experience, after downloading the
latest version 2.6.4, I've had no luck again. I wonder why the proxy fields
are given when they are useless?

Is there any way to sort this problem out?

If not, can anyone please direct me to some other messenger for linux
through which I will be able to chat on yahoo.

Thank you.

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