It has been quite a long time since the last news from the Pidgin Last.fm plugin as there is not much that I want to change before the first stable release.
However, one main problem is the lack of packagers - we need packagers for RPM on the various Linux distributions, e.g. OpenSuSE, Fedora and Mandriva. Mandriva already accepted my package, and SuSE will soon do so.
Gentoo should be fine as well, but the developers do not seem to be very quick recently.
But packaging is a difficult thing to do, and so it would be much better if there were some experienced packagers who would overtake the work.
Just let us know if you can help!