guys come on seriously I need to somehow find a way for the person to be able to run yahoo messenger on this. This is almost a matter of life and death. I need to make this laptop street legal, but without installing windows!
If the point is that this has to be free, then I'm still chuckling at the notion someone's life is worth less than the price of a Windows license. If, in fact, it doesn't have to be free, then run a virtualization app like VirtualBox or VMWare and install Windows and Messager in the vm. This isn't rocket science.
If it has to be free, then first, try a native chat client. Here is a short list of other chat clients that interoperate with Yahoo Messenger, many of which have native Linux versions.
If, for some reason, none of these are suitable, you could try using Wine to run it directly. No idea what the current status of that application on Wine is, but I wouldn't be too optimistic.
Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill: If the point is that this has to be free, then I'm still chuckling at the notion someone's life is worth less than the price of a Windows license.
Say what? Did I miss something here? I'm not running Linux because it's free. OK, maybe I am, but I could have just bought a name-brand PC with "free" Windows instead of rolling parts forward last time I did a system upgrade.
The main reasons I run Linux include not having products that harvest my usage habits and send them off to vendors (or, post-9/11, less desirable places), not having OS development APIs that completely break every 2 years or less because Microsoft doesn't know the meaning of the words "backwards compatability", not having to worry about products or the OS being remotely shut down (accidently or on purpose) without my knowledge or approval, and not having to make system security a full-time job. And, of course, not having to toss all my boxes when a new OS version comes out when there aren't even any compelling reasons to want the new OS features.
After all that, "free" is just a bonus. Linux isn't just for cheapskates anymore.
Actually, when it was, I bought copies. I still do for cases where I can get it pre-burned with a magazine or it's more data than my comparatively slow Internet link makes endurable. I.e., Fedora DVDs.
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Say what? Did I miss something here? I'm not running Linux because it's free.... not having products that harvest my usage habits and send them off to vendors ... not having to worry about products or the OS being remotely shut down... not having to make system security a full-time job
Tim, you know I'm about as anti-Microsoft as they come. But his problem statement was that he "must install Yahoo Messenger", and it is "practically a matter of life and death." Given those requirements, installing Windows seems like a perfectly reasonable and straightforward solution. If he needs Linux for other reasons, then he can use virtualization, as I said.
Ah, I missed the context. Partly because I've used pidgin without a thought.
Windows I reserve for TurboTax and the MS Flight Simulator. Someday I'll have to try a Linux flight simulator - there's supposed to be a good one - but this is a rare case where I'm happy with something from Redmond. TurboTax, however, is merely a necessary evil until Intuit wises up or a competitor offers something for Linux.
Besides, a Windows EULA doesn't require your life, it requires your soul.
As for the idea that IM is life-or-death, now, that's a whole 'nother matter. Personally, I can't stand the distractions. I prefer not even to check email more than a few times a day.