Pidgin (Gaim) integration with Microsoft Lync Server¶
Pidgin integration with MS Lync Server Instant MessagingCERN uses Microsoft Lync Server as the base of instant messaging services. While this platform is well integrated with Microsoft Windows clients and with Apple Mac OS X ones, integration was lacking for Linux clients.
This documentation outlines the setup process allowing Linux clients to benefit from integration with Microsoft Lync instant messaging.
While the initial installation of required software is specific to CERN SLC6 and SLC5 Linux distributions, following configuration steps shall be applicable on any modern Linux platform - running at least Pidgin 2.7.X and Pidgin-SIPE 1.12.0 plugin.
As root on your SLC6 or SLC5 system run:
# yum install pidgin-sipe
once installation of required software packages finishes, please restart Pidgin.
Adding CERN Lync contacts to PidginNote: Contact search functionality against a Microsoft Lync server requires a CERN-patched pidgin-sipe-1.13.0 pre-release.
|Select Contact search... from Accounts -> Office Communicator menu and enter search term.|
|Select desired contact and click Add.|
|Click Add to add contact to main pidgin window.|
<em>Note:</em> While pidgin-sipe plugin supports (to some extent) audio/video calling features of Lync Server (softphone), current pidgin versions on SLC6 and SLC5 do not have support for audio/video compiled in, therefore this feature is not available for now.