Linux live CD with Pidgin?

Ethan Blanton elb at
Sat Feb 14 12:35:02 EST 2009

Rob Stampfli spake unto us the following wisdom:
> On Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 05:26:57PM +0100, David Balazic wrote:
> > I believe Ubuntu has Pidgin.
> It does, but Ubuntu tends to stick with a given version of a package
> and only release fixes for security issues within their own generic
> cycle.  Hence, Pidgin tends to become increasingly out of date, and
> with a package that sometimes must rapidly adapt to volatile protocols,
> this can be problematic.
> For this reason, I recommend pitching Ubuntu's Pidgin package and
> using the one at Getdeb, which seems to do a much better job of
> providing the latest and greatest version Pidgin.  Their current
> version works great for me:

Pidgin "official" policy frowns upon getdeb.  We have seen it cause
numerous problems with Pidgin and, what is worse, dependencies of
Pidgin in the past.  If you wish to use it, that is fine, but other
readers of the list may wish to know that it is a known source of
problems.  Caveat lector.


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