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Get slackbuild for pidgin. There won't be new versions of Pidgin in Slack.
Anyway, I suggest you have a good look at SIM-IM which is a nice replacement for Gaim/Pidgin. It is multi-protocol (yahoo, jabber, msn, icq/aim, livejournal), does not use GTK but Qt for it's GUI and supports GPG encrypted communication.
I built a package for Slackware 11.0 which I put here: http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/sim-im/ I used it for a while and was pretty pleased with it's looks and functionality.
I apologize, I love Pidgin. Such an improvement over Gaim, in my opinion.
As I am switching over to linux however, I figured it would be an easy start to install Pidgin since it was made first for Linux.
It took me a week! Also, forgive my noobness, but first it needed Glib. Glib needed pkg-config. pkg-config, needed something else. It got to a point where I thought it was going to ask me to find the magic wand by talking to the farmer in the east desert. After all that installation of dependencies, Pidgin wouldn't recognize Glib was installed still. Why can't it be simpler? GTK comes with Pidgin for windows, why can't its dependencies come packaged (optional) with the linux version??
I reading up on the world of "slack." Can these packages be used outside of a Slackware distro?
Does your distribution not offer packages already? Surely the old "out of date" and "1995" Slackware isn't providing newer packages of something than one of the "modern" distributions - or maybe all that FUD about Slackware is just, well, FUD. </rant>