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Pidgin Embedded Video

Pidgin Embedded Video is a GTK plugin for the popular instant messaging client Pidgin. It transforms a simple conversation into a much more attractive and interesting experience.

The purpose of this plugin is to provide a faster way to watch videos while chatting with your friends. No more additional browser windows!

Pidgin Embedded Video Features

* The plugin automatically inserts the video pointed to into the conversation when an appropriate link is sent or received.
* Every video has a toggle button which allows you to show or hide the video.
* The default behaviour for a new video link is customizable from the "Configure Plugin" menu. You can choose whether to show the video instantly or to hide it by default.
* Currently supported video sites are Youtube and Vimeo.
* It works with the Ubuntu version of Pidgin. It should work on every Linux distribution as far as the requirements are met.

Installing Pidgin Embedded Video in Ubuntu

1. Installing files needed for compilation

You need libwebkit-dev. To install it (if not already installed), add the following repository:

-For Ubuntu Karmic Koala:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webkit-team/ppa

-For Ubuntu Jaunty, Intrepid or Hardy:
sudo bash -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/webkit-team/ppa/ubuntu YOUR_UBUNTU_VERSION_HERE main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 2D9A3C5B

Replacing YOUR_UBUNTU_VERSION_HERE with jaunty, intrepid or hardy.

Other than libwebkit-dev (>= 1.1.12), you will also need pidgin-dev, libglib2.0-dev and libxml2-dev. Since you already added the repository for libwebkit-dev, install all of these packages with one command:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pidgin-dev libglib2.0-dev libxml2-dev libwebkit-dev

2. Downloading Pidgin Embedded Video

Now you can DOWNLOAD Pidgin Embedded Video, extract it, then open a terminal and navigate to the folder where you extracted the archive and run the following commands, one at a time:
sudo checkinstall

The last command creates a .deb file and installs it, so you can remove it later if you wish, using Synaptic.

3. Enabling the plugin

Close Pidgin, open it again and go to Tools > Plugins, scroll down to "Pidgin Embedded Video" plugin and check the box:

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Now paste a YouTube or Vimeo video into a conversation window.