View Full Version : Linux instant messaging programme?

11-02-2004, 09:36 PM
Hi, there i just installed Mandrake 9.0 and i want to get onto my MSN account etc how can i go about that, where do i go to download a programme so i can do that

11-02-2004, 09:47 PM
Probably best if you go with amsn.

You may need your Mandrake CD's to install tk/tcl packages though :-)

Otherwise, there's Kopete for KDE users, or Gaim is best for GNOME ;-)

There's kmess if none of the above apeal, but I'd suggest you try amsn or kopete :D

Hope this helps


11-02-2004, 11:09 PM
I'm a GAIM user, but I'd strongly recommend Kopete.

11-02-2004, 11:38 PM
IIRC, Kopete supports that lil msn User-Pic thingy whatsit.

Not sure of any others that do. Gaim and amsn dont...

Kinda good I s'pose.. Waste of bandwidth.. especially for Dial-up Users :p

12-02-2004, 06:51 AM
Thanks for your replies guys. I downloaded AMSN but i dont know how to install it, there is no obvious file to open.

Trust me im a complete newbie to it aye.

But ill download Kopete, it sounds tanfastic

12-02-2004, 08:35 AM
kopete is part of the kdenetwork rpm thats on your CD.

Lets take you thru a thing or two.
Click the K or the Foot (K if you're in KDE, the Foot if you're in GNOME)
Click Run
Now, a command-line window will appear. The next part depends on if you got the rpm or the tar.gz file.
tar.gz files are like Zip files only slightly better compression IIRC. tar.bz2 files are same :-)
First off, we'll make sure you've got everything installed you need to run amsn before we do anything else. Type:
tar xvzf amsn-0.8.3.tar.gz
If you type:
tar xvzf amsn
then hit [Tab] on your keyboard, it will complete the filename for you :D Cool huh.

Next, type:
cd msn
then type:

Now, if the file you downloaded ends in .rpm you should just be able to double-click on it. It will ask you for your root password then it'll install it. a .rpm is like a Self-Extracting EXE file that you can remove later with ease :-)

If it works, post back :-)
If not, then we need to install the tk/tcl packages from your CD.

I hope that didnt throw you in the deep end too much



12-02-2004, 03:14 PM
Hi there, i goto the K then goto run command and type xterm but nothing happens just "ccould not run specified command"

12-02-2004, 04:10 PM
That's okay, just replace xterm with konsole :-)

Then carry on...


12-02-2004, 04:47 PM
Hi again, okay got into Konsole and typed what you said and this came up

[mrbeef@Jones mrbeef]$ tar xvzf amsn-0.8.3.tar.gz
tar (child): amsn-0.8.3.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

I downloaded the file to /home/mrbeef/documents


Graham L
12-02-2004, 05:01 PM
That is telling you that you haven't got an asmn-0.8.3.tar.gz file in your mrbeef directory. That is not surprising since you loaded it to mrbeef/documents. :D
Try cd documents then issue the tar command again.

12-02-2004, 05:09 PM
Okay moved the file to /mrbeef and then did the tar xszf command and then it did all the folders and files etc.

Then i did cd msn

but ./amsn doesnt do anything it says no such file or directory

12-02-2004, 05:12 PM
Did it say:
/usr/bin/env: wish: No such file or directory?

I thought this would happen.

Im not too sure what Mandrake uses, but you'll need to put in your install CD's and install the tk/tcl packages :-)

THEN it'll work :D