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I was sitting here thinking, "Man it would be neat if I could start a chat session with Pidgin right from a Unity lens, instead of bringing up the Buddy List, etc."

Wouldn't you know it, someone has already done it. It filters down to your online contacts and clicking the contact launches the chat window. Awesome... and it works in 12.04 and 12.10

Install it with:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install unity-lens-pidgin

#unity #linux #ubuntu #pidgin
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I should also add that I had some initial wonkiness with swapping the default Empathy client out with Pidgin, as seen in this bug on Launchpad. I posted a work around that helped me, in the comments.

tl;dr version: Enabling the system tray icon in Pidgin's settings fixes a couple of "Buddy List" bugs, even though the system tray icon still won't show, since it's buried in the notification applet.
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