Thanks Mrclisdue I will do that and find any thing that doesn't seem right I will post it here and ask more questions.
alright I opened it up through terminal and this is what I got for a message back
# strace -o pidgin.txt pidgin
GConf Error: Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See http://www.gnome.org/projects/gconf/
for information. (Details - 1: Failed to get connection to session: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.)
What can I take away from this message I am guessing that it is having trouble configuring please bare with me for I am a Ubuntu/Linux n00b.