I cannot seem to figure out how to run my irc (using pidgin) client as a non-root user. Every time I get errors about not being able to access the display. I feel like this has to do with the fact that a regular user can't access root's x session, but not sure because i am far from a linux guru.

Any ideas how to run pidgin as another user from BT5?

I've tried su and sudo with no luck, here is the error message I get:

No protocol specified

(Pidgin:3361): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_display_get_name: assertion `GDK_IS_DISPLAY (display)' failed
Pidgin 2.6.6

** (Pidgin:3361): WARNING **: cannot open display: unse