Fedora's Pidgin Plan
The Gaim project signed a trademark settlement with AOL, and will be changing their name to Pidgin.
Upstream is planning on a pidgin-2.0.0-beta7. They are trying to settle a pref migration blocker before cutting this beta release. This beta7 will give Fedora critically important window, where we must move quickly to prepare for the final 2.0.0 release. We must fix all dependencies by fixing up and renaming the numerous gaim-* plugin packages, and be sure the entire collection automatically upgrades cleanly with yum. That should smoothen our upgrade into 2.0.0 that is expected soon thereafter. When we are satisfied with the 2.0.0 final + all plugin packages in F7, we will do the same to FC6.
In other news, pidgin-1.5.1 is planned. I originally planned on using pidgin-2.0.0 in a future RHEL3 and RHEL4 errata. But after talking with upstream, we have decided that a 1.5.x maintenance branch of pidgin would be a better idea. 2.0.0 would have pref migration issues, and it would be a challenge to reestablish non-gstreamer audio. There is also doubt that gaim will be able to maintain compatibility with older versions of GTK+ into the future. Requiring it to continue to support GTK+ 2.2 of RHEL3 another few more years may hold back progress in the cutting edge gaim. It is the right decision for RHEL3 and RHEL4 to stick with the maintenance 1.5.x branch.