I use Linux Mint as a desktop. I also use Pidgin for IM. I wanted to have the Blinkstick light up when a new message had arrived.
- Install the blinkstick linux client
- Compile the https://github.com/jonasc/command-notification plugin (I had to install GCC, gtk 2 dev libs, etc)
- Restart Pidgin, go to the plugins, enable and configure the new plugin