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Old 08-28-2005, 09:57 PM   #1
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aMSN


Hey I currently just installed knoppix 3.9 to my hd and im new to linux OS. I want to try to install aMSN I tried downloading it but I do not know how I would go about installing it. Can someone help me out?

Also I want to have some sort of good media player for videos and mp3 ect. I know it comes with wmms but It seems to stall up with me and im having trouble with it is there somthing better or is there some kind of update?

thanks in advance...
 
Old 08-28-2005, 11:39 PM   #2
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If you downloaded the source then you will just type:

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tar xvzf amsn-0_93.tar.gz
in the same directory as you downloaded it to and it will make a directory called amsn or something similar (the folder will be the first word before the / in the ouput that just scrolled down your screen from the above command.

Enter that directory with the cd command (cd amsn-0_03, for example). Once inside, type the following:

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./configure
make 
su
make install
./configure will check for the requirements on your computer, it will let you know if you don't have something it needs. make will compile the program, su will log you in as root (you will need the root password), and make install will put the binaries and such in the necessary places. It will place files in places that the normal user cannot write to, if you don't login as root, the install will fail, more than likely. Once you have done all that, run amsn from the command line and you are good to go.

Knoppix might have a package manager that will retrieve aMSN for you and install it. I don't use Knoppix, so I don't know. Another side note, aMSN has always been very buggy for me. If you experience slow connection times and crashing or high CPU usage, you may want to give gaim a try.

As for the media player, xine, gmplayer, kaffeine, and plenty of others are out there to be tried. KDE comes with a bunch of media players, as does Gnome. You probably have more than just XMMS installed by default. Freshmeat.net is an incredible resource for Linux users, as is SourceForge.net. Try searching them and reading reviews, looking at screenshots, there are a bunch out there and it comes down to personal preference

Good luck!
 
Old 08-28-2005, 11:46 PM   #3
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Just a little side note to the above post:

The version numbers of your version of aMSN might be different, so don't worry if the above commands don't work as exactly typed. If they don't, you have two good ways of finding out what the filename is:

1) Pushing TAB to autocomplete the filename, for example: tar xvzf amsn<TAB> and that will match the rest of the file. Same with directories
2) ls amsn*

^^ That will print out on the screen the full filename, all matching amsn and anything after that.

If neither of those return anything, make sure you are in the same directory as you downloaded amsn to. If you aren't and can't seem to find out where it is, go ahead and type:

Code:
find / -name amsn* -type f
as root. It will print the entire path of the file. You could also go back and check if your browser keeps a history of downloaded files... Pressing Control and Y at the same time in Firefox will bring up the Download window, as will going to Tools > Downloads. You might be using a different browser, in that case, you will just have to look around.

As always, best of luck and don't hesitate to post any error messages or bumps back here.
 
Old 08-29-2005, 03:34 AM   #4
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thanks

Thanks for the help I managed to get it installed. An I needed to get a basic idea of linux software install. however the ./configure and the make commands did not do anything for me I continued with the other parts and i did get it on. Im having a trouble getting it to work properly though I downloaded "tsl" or somthing alongs those lines that it needed I may have gotten the wrong kind beacuse I dont know what sort of archtecture knoppix runs.
 
Old 08-29-2005, 08:16 AM   #5
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Are you getting Debian packages? End in the .deb extension? I guess that would be the package managers, you might find a lot more help by Googling for the Knoppix package manager commands and using native packages with the .deb extension.

http://amsn.sourceforge.net/modules.php?name=Downloads has the Debian package if you don't, it will help a lot if you compiled from source. They also have a Wiki page: http://amsn.sourceforge.net/wiki that might be of some assistance.
 
  


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