Over the years I have had an on and off relationship with Linux on the desktop.
I have been using Windows 7 as the primary OS on my laptop for the last number of years so over the holidays decided to pull down a CentOS 6 ISO and give it another go as a desktop OS.
A couple of people have asked why CentOS and not one of the more desktopy distros, well its simple, at $DayJob we have a very very large installation base of both RHEL and CentOS boxes so I wanted to use an OS that I could easily integrate into our patch management and day to day IT management systems.
Installation went smoothly and I was left with a dual booting Windows 7 / CentOS 6.5 machine.
From previous times I was using Linux on the desktop I knew tools like evolution were there to take of corporate e-mail and calendar but I was itching to get my Lync client up and running.
It turns out it was quite easy.
Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time. And after installing the pidgin-sipe plugin (running the command “yum install pidgin-sipe” from an elevated shell) I was able to add my hosted lync account details and hey presto corporate IM up and running.