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Old 10-05-2003, 10:23 PM   #1
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Got it working!

All right! I finally have Linux running correctly now (and I can get on Windows as well). I have a question, how do I install stuff? I'm sorry that I don't really know what all I'm doing. Also, whats the best Instant messenger for Linux? I would like to have a nice combo like the Trillian setup, ya know, AIM, MSN, Yahoo... Yea, I know its asking a lot, but I don't know anything, AT ALL, about Linux. Thanks.
Old 10-05-2003, 10:46 PM   #2
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You need to be a bit more specific. First, it would be really useful to tell us what distro you're using (RedHat, Mandrake, etc). It's actually good to enter this in the user cp.

Anyway, under most distros, you either install something with a precompiled package (this is what you do in Windows), or you compile it yourself (this is one of the advantages of Linux). It depends on the package and what you feel like.

For instant messaging, I use gaim. It seems to be the best for AIM, and it works for a variety of protocols, much like Trillian. You can grab it at

Good luck with your new Linux box.
Old 10-06-2003, 07:17 AM   #3
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Talking Thanks!

Thanks. Im using Mandrake 9.1 and I have a Pentium 4 1.6, with 2 80 gig HDs, only ones being used for linux. ^.^ 768 of ram, a Soundlbaster card, and a Geforce 4MX 420. ^.^ Yup Yup. Its kinda eh. Also, I don't know ANYTHING about linux, that what I menta bout not being able to install stuff. I know... nothing. At all. Thanks yall. ^.^
Old 10-06-2003, 07:37 AM   #4
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There are websites that contain a plethora of information to help with what you want & or need. Try starting at , as this is a google search for linux things, just plug in words or phrases and you'll be amazed at what you find.

Also, IMHO it doesn't hurt to pick up a book, even the Linux for Dummies book I found to be pretty informative.

Old 10-06-2003, 10:05 AM   #5
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Hi, you can download it from here...

And then you use a terminal window, (aka shell) to type the following...

cd <where I saved the file>
<enter root password>
rpm -Uvh gaim-0.70-1mdk9.1.i586.rpm

Thats about it I think


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