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>> No compiler. So how do I install gcc?
you search the web (google ("gcc")), then you select `binaries', then you select your architechture, then you read the INSTALL (or similar).
I'm guessing you can't install mplayer and FF because you don't have gcc --- but have you tried the package system? I don't know YDL (I'm guessing that's a distro name -- and btw, click User CP and add your distro to the information page, so we can all help you that much better). As I was saying, I don't know YDL (YggDrasiL?), but I assume you don't run a source-based distro. So check with the package system.
Regarding Kopete: I've had decent success with Gaim -- very good and stable for icq, irc, yahoo! and aim; decent for MSN. I've also heard good things about centericq.
I think I can safely say that using the package manager is by far the easiest solution, but of course, there's something cool about compiling your programs yourself -- one thing being that gcc can optimize more agressively, knowing your architecture.
regarding DNS: well, grab a large trout and a pitchfork, and go slap your ISP around (unless of course you've set up your own DNS).
There's definitely a DNS issue here. If I type "18.104.22.168" into my browser,
it brings me to yellowdoglinux.com instantaneously. If, however, I type
"yellowdoglinux.com" and press return, it spends about 10-15 seconds
"resolving host." Once it brings me to the URL the subpages tend to load
No DNS problems when I'm running this dual-booting machine with Mac OS X. I may have to learn to set up my own DNS.
I'll read up on the YDL package manager but I really would like to learn to compile from source.