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Old 01-14-2007, 11:24 AM   #1
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how do i install msn messenger,where is programs and where is desktop?

i am trying to install messenger,it seems to have downloaded but then says something about going to desktop,where is desktop.Also where is programs? PLEASE HELP,HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR AGES
Old 01-14-2007, 11:36 AM   #2
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I don't think you have been trying for ages Desktop is the place that's visible on your screen if you're using one of these desktop environments like KDE, Gnome or a directory path it's ~/Desktop (usually). Or in the long format, /home/yourusername/Desktop. Programs -- what do you mean by that? There is no certain place for programs (like C:\Program Files\ under Windows), parts of programs are usually installed in different places (libraries in their own place, binaries in their own place etc.)

If you are looking for binaries, executables, try /bin or /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin for example.

How did you intend to install this "messenger" (and do you mean Gaim, Kopete, aMSN or some other 'messenger')? If you are using a distribution with a binary package manager (one like Fedora Core, SuSE, Ubuntu, Debian, ...), it's preferrable to install the program using the distribution's own package manager application (be it yum, apt, yast or whatever), if possible, rather than manually download it and so on; package manager handles automatically dependencies etc. so it's usually easier than doing the thing manually.

Next time you post, try to include more information; for example in this thread you could have told which 'messenger' you were trying to install (the name of the program), where you downloaded it, in what format was it (.rpm or .deb or .tar.gz or which file type?) and so on. And especially you should tell which distribution are you using; it would be wise to add it to your profile so it was visible all the time, but at least tell it in your posts.
Old 01-14-2007, 11:43 AM   #3
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Microsoft Messenger is not going to run on Linux. Linux is not Windows. Windows is not Linux.

You can still get MS messages. I suggest you get "Gaim Internet Messenger" which is available through repositories. It can run a variety of standards - MS, Yahoo etc.

The Desktop is the graphical interface which you can normally see on start up. Where are the programs. That depends what distro you are using, what kind of session you are using...


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