Pidgin is garbage on Ubuntu 12.04

Steven Gauna smcgauna at
Tue Jul 10 01:23:55 EDT 2012

Hello Sergio,

 I am not a Pidgin developer, but in my experience, the adaptations to
Pidgin must be handled by the Ubuntu package maintainers.  If the package
maintainers believe it is a core bug in Pidgin they will relay the issue
upstream to pidgin's core bug list.  The package maintainer is listed
here<>( as "Ubuntu Developers".

The bugs you are referring to only seem to affect the Ubuntu version of
Pidgin, which would suggest that the bugs were introduced through an
outdated or poor *implementation* of Pidgin with in Ubuntu's "Unity".  If
this is the case, the Ubuntu developers would have to fix this, as such an
implementation would not be valid to all other operating systems.

My advice to you, check with the Ubuntu Developers (
ubuntu-devel-discuss at for their take on this.  If they
think it is a bug in Pidgin, they'll say so and a bug report can be filed

I may by wrong on this, but hopefully this will help you out.

Good luck!
Steven Gauna

On Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM, Sergio benjamim Rocha filho <
sergio_br2 at> wrote:

> Hello
> I'd like to say that pidgin was my favorite messenger client on Ubuntu.
> But now it just a great garbage in Ubuntu 12.04 (with Unity). It doesn't
> work! There are many bugs that doesn't allow to use Pidgin correctly. Let
> me show you:
> - If I open for the first time, there are any window on the screen, how
> can I use pidgin if there aren't window?
> - Using alt+tab doesn't choose Pidgin (it doesn't take focus)
> - Using the Unity dock (I mean the Unity launcher, which is on the left)
> to select Pidgin doesn't take focus, I can't choose the program
> - Sometimes, when I open Pidgin, there are any sign that it is open, the
> Pidgin icon doesn't appear on Unity dock
> - If I close Pidgin in gnome-monitor, then I open again, it works and show
> the main window
> - Sometimes, if I drag the Pidgin icon to Unity dock, and after I open
> Pidgin, the arrow on icon doesn't appear, and appear other Pidgin icon on
> Unity dock
> The program simply is not usable in Ubuntu 12.04, take a look in
> Canonical's Launchpad:
> It hards to say you step to step how to reproduce the bugs in Ubuntu, I
> think it will be easier if you install Ubuntu and Pidgin, ans see how it
> works. I'm sorry if I'm a little rude, but the only thing I can think is
> that you do not use or test the program in Ubuntu 12.04. Pidgin is
> behaving like an alpha program, it should not be released for installation
> on Central Program of Ubuntu.
> I hope one day I be able to use again my favorite messenger client.
> Sérgio Benjamim
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