Not really a guide per say but ive _always_ been annoyed with the fact that yahoo will not work with the version thats in the repo. I also enjoy having my e-mail, im, twitter, irc, and skype "txt" all in one. So after spending _way_ to long screwing with this, i figured id make someones life just a little easier.
Should be as simple as copy and paste so what took me a few hours of looking and playing with should only take you 2min.
And thats all there is to it, if you need to test to make sure its working feel free to send me a msg "vvpalin" on everything except skype.
#Install intltool for the compile, gtkspell for spelling and perl-dev for scripts
apt-get install intltool libgtkspell-dev libperl-dev
#Make our working dir's
mkdir /tmp/pidgin_shit && cd /tmp/pidgin_shit
#Download and extract
tar xvf pidgin-2.7.9.tar.bz2
#Compile it, if you dont want perl use --disable-perl
./configure --disable-screensaver --disable-startup-notification \
--disable-gstreamer --disable-vv --disable-meanwhile --disable-avahi \
--disable-dbus --disable-tcl --prefix=/usr
#Down and install microblog for twitter
tar xvf mbpurple-0.3.0.tar.gz
#Down and install the lib for Off The Record
tar xvf libotr-3.2.0.tar.gz
#Down and install OTR for pidgin
tar xvf pidgin-otr-3.2.0.tar.gz
#Down and install some fancy plugins ;)
tar xvf purple-plugin_pack-2.6.3.tar.bz2
#Down and install pretty notifications
tar xvf pidgin-guifications-2.16.tar.bz2
#Down and install skype "text" support ...