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Old 07-19-2005, 09:06 AM   #1
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How to Install programs


i have the newbiest question.

first. it is a miracle that i got the internet working on suse.

second, i download msn for linux and it came in a .bin file.

how do I activate it, or install it or whatever.

is there a manual "linux for stupid people"?

Old 07-19-2005, 09:11 AM   #2
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is there a manual "linux for stupid people"?
Probably not, but there is plenty of people willing to help. I'll recommend you to read the first (or second?) topic in the GENERAL FORUM. It explains how to install things.

Anyway, a .bin file is executable. You should run:

chmod +x nameofthefile.bin

and it will install the program. But as you use SuSE, there is probably a better way: using YaST. I thing it is ht package manager for SuSE. Unfortunately I don't know too much about SuSE (I'm a Gentoo user), so you could also ask in the SuSE forum.

Good luck!
Old 07-19-2005, 09:12 AM   #3
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Found these instructions:

1. Download amsn-0.94-linux-installer.bin
2. Enter a terminal and allow yourself execution permissions using "chmod 500 amsn-0.94-linux-installer.bin"
3. Type "./amsn-0.94-linux-installer.bin" and a graphical wizard appears to guide you through the installation
4. "cd /opt/amsn-0.94" and then "./amsn"
If that doesn't work, then make a symbolic link to /usr/local/ActiveTcl/bin/wish at /usr/bin/wish first (assuming you're using ActiveTcl and you install it at /usr/local/ActiveTcl/) using
"ln -s /usr/local/ActiveTcl/bin/wish /usr/bin/wish" and try again
5. If it works, from now on you can use aMSN via the desktop shortcut
6. To start aMSN from the command line, do "ln -s /opt/amsn-0.94/amsn /usr/bin/amsn" and you will be able to start aMSN using "amsn" whenever you want

There are useful and I got my aMSN working after follwoing the steps.

Good luck

You could also try using gaim or kopete.
Old 07-19-2005, 09:19 AM   #4
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As for a newbie tutorial, I found the RUTE User's Tutorial and Exposition to be extremely helpful. I also enjoyed reading the Linux Newbie Administrator Guide, which taught me quite a lot....

You can also take a look at my bookmarks!



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