Trying to install pidgin 2.14.13 on Mint


I’m fairly new to Linux desktop, have only ran the server side before now switching to linux desktop.
This install is almost completely clean and the pidgin application didn’t exist in the packet manager so I went ahead and built it with the instructions on our site.
When running “/configure && make && sudo make install” I get the following errors:

checking whether the C compiler works… no
configure: error: in `/home/raoulen/Downloads/pidgin-2.14.13’:
configure: error: C compiler cannot create executables

What I can see the gcc C compiler is installed by default on Mint.
Is there anything else i need?

Compiling pidgin requires a lot of dependencies and takes a lot of work to get right. As such, compiling isn’t exactly recommended for users. Ideally the package manager would be the way to go, but the flatpak is probably the next best step as you can be up and running in a few minutes and easily get updates.

I have been trying to install other applications on servers that is airgapped and its a hassel getting every dependencie right.

I will try the flatpak. Thank you

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