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Old 06-23-2003, 12:32 AM   #1
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Total n00b from windows

i just got done installing mandrake linux 8.2 and i got this stuff all
1st thing i wanna do is run msn messenger so i can talk w/
my friends, i downloaded thsi program from its in this wierd .tar.gz format but this
thing like opens up something called archiver, after i get into
archiver and extract the files to documents, i goto documents
and when i enter msn , its like all wierd files, i think its soruce code
i thought i downloaded a exe program :S? how the heck do i run this?
Old 06-23-2003, 12:39 AM   #2
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Well by default you should have a program called GAIM already installed with Mandrake. You should use this program as its highly recommended for use to talk thru MSN and can handle othes like AIM, Yahoo, ICQ and many others as well.

To install tar.gz files though, you should check out my Installing programs thread in Linux - General found here:
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Thanks a ton!
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ok this might even sound stupid but where do i put these commands :S?
$ cd ~
i know thats like to open a folder in dos and other programs but i see folders and junk i dont see no place to like enter cd ~ unless its in the browser?
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cd is entered on the command line <like in a DOS box in Windows> it stands for "change directory" I believe. To do this from the GUI just click on the folder you want to go to.
Old 06-23-2003, 02:42 PM   #6
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You enter it from a Terminal, like "Terminal" in GNOME or "Konsole" in KDE.
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