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Old 08-14-2004, 04:48 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Need Info about Linux Programs

Finally got Internet working !!!!

Got some questions about programs

1. A big noob question, haven't used Linux how do I install. Using Nautilus and it only open the files can'r get the install starting. What file start the installation?

2. Need info about programs

Windows MSN - Can I use a MSN in Linux so I can talk with friends using Windows MSN

Zonealarm - program similar to Zonealarm

anti-virus - need some info for a good anti-virus program

DC++ - need DC++ for linux

PLZ and some url:s so i cant check the programs out
Old 08-14-2004, 05:00 AM   #2
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What distro are you using?

2. You mean MSN Instant Messenger? There's a load of client clones and multi protocol clients, see Gaim, Kopete.

Linux has firewalling built in. For a configuration gui try Guarddog.

No need for anti-virus, due to permissions and also different system to Windows.
Old 08-14-2004, 05:09 AM   #3
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Hi FireInTheDark!

1 - For a good understanding of how to install programs in Linux, take a look into this thread:

2 - As far as I know, MSN won't run under Linux. However, Kopete and Gaim does a great job on that subject. In fact, way better then MSN: you are able to use MSN, Jabber, ICQ, IRC and a few other protocols in the same program. If all you need is MSN, and want the same "feeling of MSN, try aMSN:




About the other questions, I'd say, simply don't care about a anti-virus program for Linux. There are just a couple of them around and, as long as you are not running as root, they pretty much won't hurt you. Spyware? None, as far as I know. Still, take a look at this link:

To find a neat table of replacements for Linux. Nearly every Windows application has a counter-part for Linux, free or not, that gets the job done. You can also run both a few Windows Applications under Linux with wine:

and Windows games with Cedega:

Good luck!
Old 08-14-2004, 06:47 AM   #4
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well you do not need antivirus on Linux
we do have one from

Old 08-14-2004, 06:57 AM   #5
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As for file sharing, there is a Linux version of E-Donkey/Overnet. Also, there is Apollon - getting these to work is a bit tricky, though.
By the way, off-topic, I suggest you use ThunderBird for e-mail. Has the best built-in spam filter I have ever seen.

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Old 08-14-2004, 09:24 AM   #6
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for dc++ use dcgui-qt


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