By the way, Pidgin 2.5.1 has SOCKS proxy support, so if you are behind the proxy, you can try this version and let's hope it works behind the proxy. Pidgin is known to be unfriendly with proxies, but let's hope that myths will end by this version
Here's the small changelog today:
Tue Sep 2 15:26:09 CDT 2008
xap/pidgin-2.5.1-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to pidgin-2.5.1.