Well … it looks like Yahoo! is once again changing its protocol and everytime this happens, we, the *nix users suffers most as there is no official version of Yahoo! messenger available.
I am using Pidgin (formerly Gaim) since last 6 years and have gone through this pain of not being able to connect to Yahoo! for few days when they are changing the protocal. The time has come again as I was not able to login to my Yahoo! account since yesterday.
Being a Kubutu user, I tried to update my version of Pidgin from 2.5.5 to the latest 2.5.7 but unfortunately, it is still not available in kubuntu repository. But I found the alternative and thought of sharing with all those who are facing the same issue. Adding the Launchpad repository to the apt sources did the trick for me. I used the following commands on my Kubuntu 9.04 to achieve this –
$ sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 67265eb522bdd6b1c69e66ed7fb8bee0a1f196a8
then open the sources file –
$ sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list
and add the following at the end of the file
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/pidgin-developers/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
and then upgrade pidgin
$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get upgrade pidgin
That’s it. You can now connect to your favorite Yahoo! messenger again.