Originally Posted by Tux_2006
Where would I get Ubuntu??
If you have mandrake/mandriva installed why would you want to try Ubuntu ???
Anyhow, the secret to your current woes, is easy urpmi
You literally follow the instructions (don't bother with selecting "show specific sources too" or the compressed list option at the bottom of section 3). Then open a terminal (konsole or whatever you want to call it - theres usually an icon on your tool/menu bar).
Then issue the command
Enter the root password and hit enter
then highlight the result of your selections from the easy urpmi site, right click and copy.
then back to the opened terminal, right click and paste.
It usually starts automatically - if it doesn't, you may have to hit return.
The results of this, are that you will have selected repositories for main, contrib, updates, plf-free and plf-nonfree, so that when you open the mandrake/mandriva control centre (or maybe listed as "configure my computer") you then have the remote sources for mandrake/mandriva rpms - and yes it's probably better to use them until you get your head round using a linux system a bit more.
In the MCC/Configure my computer app, in the software manager section, you will probably see 4 "offerings". 1 to add software, 1 to remove software, 1 for updates and 1 to check the sources that you have set.
The 1 for checking the sources that are set, well, I always delete the sources that are related to the installation CD's/DVD so that I know where it's all coming from, plus the packages on the CD are usually out of date (and yes quite a few of them will be, as 10.1 is quite old now - current being mandriva 2006, which is equivalent to 10.3).
From there, you can just then open the section of the software manager that is for installing software, you will see a full list of whats available (yes it is best to have the "bugfixes", Security fixes and normal updates selected in the relevant boxes - I can't remember whether thats only in the updates window though).
Theres plenty of IM clients that will do the job and you won't have to have the stress of trying to install stuff from source (even after 4 years, I try not to do that as it can easily lead to "dependency hell").
p.s. Oh and theres usually plenty of assistance available at the distro forums (Mandrake/Mandriva) section or at mandriva users