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If you want to install Pidgin in KDE, go to install/uninstall software, search for Pidgin, and when you select it you will be prompted to install dependencies, select them all and click apply. (Even if you have GNOME installed, Gaim/Pidgin should be there by default, if it is not, do the same in Gnome).
If you want to install the meta package GNOME, use this command as root:
This should install GNOME including Pidgin/Gaim.
Yes that's a key point about Gnome etc. What you'll find is that if:
a. you need to install something designed for a particular desktop environment (like Gnome); and
b. you only have a basic Mandriva installation;
you'll have a lot of unmet dependencies. I encountered this when I upgraded from Mandriva 2006 to 2007.1 (the 'Spring Edition'). The key message is to master your package management system. That way 95% of software installs will be (mostly) painless. Assuming you have plenty of bandwidth or a useful DVD of your distro.
I think - from reading a lot of previous threads - this is something which can put a lot of new users off in the beginning.I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso