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Configuring Bonjour in the Pidgin (GAIM) IM Client

Since version 2.0.2 of Pidgin for Windows Pidgin allows usage of the Bonjour protocol. In order for the option to display in the protocols dropdown in the configuration however you must install the Bonjour for Windows application which is freely available from Apple here.

You may be asking yourself, what is Bonjour? Well, Bonjour, also known as zero-configuration networking, enables automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on IP networks. Bonjour uses industry standard IP protocols to allow devices to automatically discover each other without the need to enter IP addresses or configure DNS servers.

You can also utilize Bonjour as an "internal network chat", which will allow users within the network to talk to each other without requiring an external server (such as AIM, ICQ, IRC, MSN, Jabber, etc).

A benefit here would be, if your network where to be down, you can still message in between computers for productivity.
Posted on April 24th, 2008 · Updated on December 31st, 2010
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