- From a Terminal prompt, type this command and press enter to retrieve and install Pidgin:
sudo apt-get install pidgin pidgin-sipe
- Run Pidgin
- Click Add
- Select Office Communicator as the Protocol
- Provide your Lync credentials.
- Confirm and save by clicking the Add button.
The first time you use Pidgin to interact with Lync, the usernames and descriptions may not show up even though the status for each user is showing. Exit Pidgin and start it again. The usernames should then be properly displayed.