How to install Kopete with Gadu-Gadu support.


Kopete is a very fresh project, the goal being to provide support for all possible instant messaging networks/protocols in one program

The protocols are implemented as plugins, with a large number of protocols currently supported, including Jabber, Yahoo, ICQ, IRC... and Gadu-Gadu.

GaduGadu is primarily used and created for Poles, but it does not mean that it cannot be used by anyone else. There is only one small issue, by design protocol uses cp1250 encoding. Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do about that, as it's needed to maintain compatibility with the Windows client, which is the only one supported (and created) by the creators of gadu-gadu - sms-express company.
To use gadu gadu you need the libgadu library installed on your system, which can be downloaded from this web page. This should be version 1.5 or 1.4 (release candidate or stable), please stick with version 1.5 if possible, .
Author of libgadu/ekg does not keep any compatibility between minor releases. It should support protocol version 6.0 by default. You have to download the ekg communicator package (which is a gadugadu client for the console). To install from sources, run:

./configure --enable-shared --disable-static --enable-dynamic --with-pthread --prefix=/usr
(and as root)
make install.

It is also available pre-packaged, e.g. for debian unstable, by default as libgadu2 (binary) and libgadu-dev (development).
In order to compile kopete from sources, including the gadu-gadu plugin you will need the libgadu headers and libraries installed and set up in your system.

To download and make kopete (assuming you have already libgadu installed):

mkdir kopete-cvs
cd kopete-cvs
cvs co -l kdenetwork
cvs co kdenetwork/kopete
cvs co kde-common/admin
ln -s ../kde-common/admin kdenetwork/admin
cd kdenetwork
make -f Makefile.cvs
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install

And that's actually all it takes :-)

You just have to run kopete and turn on the plugins you would like to use. Go through the options and find the settings that will make it better for you. If you're looking for more information, please refer to and read the FAQ . If you have found an error in kopete, or in the gadu-gadu plugin - please use the kde bug tracking system at

some screenshots

binary packages(Suse 9 RPMs) If You have rpm for other system/distro, drop me a line.

(c) 2004 Greg Iaskievitch/K4Labs

big gadu icon, (c) Everaldo 2004

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