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Ok I untar and then cd to the directory, then I type ./configure in the root console. I get this error
x1-6-00-00-39-0a-70-ce:/home/trevor/gaim-0.81 # ./configure
checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking target system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for gawk... gawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... no
checking for sed... /bin/sed
checking for gcc... no
checking for cc... no
checking for cc... no
checking for cl... no
configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH
See `config.log' for more details
What now? is this source incompatible with suse or something?
with Suse 9.1 personal comes nothing of development tools...
you need to download that by yourself... the Yast dependency check can help you ...
like acid_kewpie said you need all related packages to gcc..