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I'm a complete newbie to linux and I was hoping somebody could help me to figure out how to download files onto my system (i.e. AOL Instant Messenger). Any help is greatly appreciated.

--Adam
dizzy_poet
The AOL instant Mes. will not work in Linux , it was written for windows . I use MDK 10.0 Community and noticed a package on the disks that works as AOL Mess. If you don't have it on your disks a little searching on google will help you out , being new to Linux I would suggest using urpmi to install any packages on your system . Maybe someone else can give you better sites / reference places to go for info on using it and adding other sites for packages . This howto has a lot of jargon , but go down to where you see the MDK part print this out it's easy after the first time or two . This is doing it all from the Terminal which might be a little scary .

HOWTO -Install software -Linux


Coming from Windows myself , I like using the GUI , Here's a snip from an old Email that could help you some .

~~~~~~snip~~~~~~~
They are on the Mandrake update mirrors, but will not be installed
automatically by Mandrake Update.

To install the latest packages first run Mandrake Update
(Menu>System>Configuration>Packaging>MandrakeUpdate)

If this is the first time you have run it, it will ask you to select an
update
mirror from a list.

MandrakeUpdate will show you a list of available updates.
You should install at least the security alerts.
Running Mandrake Update will refresh your computers local copy of
available packages .

Now go to the Mandrake Install GUI at
Menu>System>Configuration>Packaging>InstallSoftware
and search through there for anypackages you might want .

Hope this helps , everytime I tried to do something new in Linux I ended up learning 3 other things first . It was very frustrating , but now it's starting to pay off . Am I happy with Linux ... H*LL yes !!! Stay with it , after 6 weeks of REALLY playing with it , you'll love it also .

Linux ( 6 months )
Dual boot Linux/XP
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