still unable to access msn instant messenger

Asked by keith on 2008-10-09

Help needed!
Have been told by windows that i wont be able to get msn instant messenger because mozilla is not supported?
Are there any other suggestions?. . . . . . . .and please be aware I am totally computer illiterate - Im going to need an idiots guide on what to do,id appreciate any help what so ever - can also give my contact number so some one can talk me through it - and a few other probs im having with it - im sure this is something simple but im just not getting there.

many thanks

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Benoit Malet (benoit-malet) said : #1

Hello !

Did you get this message from Windows ? Please note that this place is a support for Ubuntu (which is a Linux flavor, and as such not a Windows system).

If you really have an Ubuntu question, could you please clarify it ?

Thanks and regards,


If you are using Windows, you can install Pidgin for Windows (program which allows you to connect to MSN):

If you are using Ubuntu, open a terminal and enter the following commands:

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install libgtk2.0-dev libxml2-dev gettext libnss-dev libnspr-dev pidgin



keith (micksdad) said : #3

Thankyou Mark,
how do i open a terminal?.......sorry m8 but as i said im useless at this

(am using a webbook)

Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said : #4


Terminal can be accessed by

going to Applications > Accessories > Terminal

and paste the below commands there

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install libgtk2.0-dev libxml2-dev gettext libnss-dev libnspr-dev pidgin


keith (micksdad) said : #5

have tried opening new terminal - says "command not found"

Andrew (and471) said : #6

What distrobution of Linux are you running? Or if you don't know, you said you are running it on a webbook, which webbook is this (so we can find out which distro)?

keith (micksdad) said : #7

its Mozilla Firefox
the webbook is ELONEX - hope this is what youve asked for???
once again sorry for being so dim

keith (micksdad) said : #8

have input the it says.:-
E: the update command takes no arguments


Andrew (and471) said : #9

Ah, the linux distribution that is using is a proprietary one called Linos.

This is a site for Ubuntu, another distribution. You will get better help on a site for Linos like
this one

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