i cant install anything on my ubuntu laptop

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i have an hp laptop and ive tried installing yahoo im and some games and everytime it says archive not supported or somthing

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Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) said :

I am assuming you want to install Windows (.exe) applications. Such applications are not supported in Ubuntu, you may be able to install some of them using Wine but they are not designed to be run in Ubuntu.

You may want to check this list of equivalent applications:

To find out more about Wine:

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The Ravenous Llama (the-ravenous-llama) said :

You need to install wine to install Windows programs. Even then, whether or not they work is really a hit or miss, especially with games. Consult wine's application database to see if specific programs work:

Also, if you don't already know this, you can use Pidgin if Yahoo Messenger doesn't install.

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