You may already know that I have some complaints about pidgin:
– its developers use a brain damaged dvcs (yes monotone sucks, yet another application written in C++ that sucks after cmake)
– The ability to listen to the user feedback is severely reduced.
Since we are talking about alternatives looks like somebody tried to make things a little nicer and forked the code so far and made something fun out of that.
Seems promising, I hope it works well enough to be put on Gentoo soon if the pidgin devs don’t come to their senses =P