How to Install Yahoo Messenger in Ubuntu Linux

Written by marguerite lance
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Ubuntu is a Linux operating system available for desktop personal computers, laptops, notebooks and servers. Ubuntu is open source and, as a result, is free to download and use. Yahoo! Messenger is a free chat program that, with the introduction of Yahoo! Messenger 10, allows users to chat via instant messaging as well as interact via video and check out contact's updates via Yahoo!, Flickr and Twitter. By knowing which commands to enter into your computer, you can easily install Yahoo! Messenger onto your Ubuntu Linux system.

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    Press "Ctrl," "Alt," and "F1" on your keyboard to open a terminal in Linux.

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    Type "sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.6" into the terminal.

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    Navigate to the Yahoo! Messenger official website (see "Resources.")

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    Click the "Download Now" button.

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    Select the "Desktop" location from the list within the pop-up window that appears. Click the "Save File" button. This will save the Yahoo! Messenger download executable file on your desktop, where it will be easily accessible.

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    Double-click on the Yahoo! Messenger icon that is now on your desktop. Alternatively, type "sudo dpkg -i /desktop/ymessenger_1.0.4_1_i386.deb" into your terminal.

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    Click the "Run" button followed by the "Next" button in the "Open File" box that appears. Click the "Finish" button.

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    Type your Yahoo! ID and password into the appropriate fields when prompted. (If you do not have a Yahoo! ID, click the "Get New Yahoo! ID" button at the bottom of the screen. Yahoo! will direct you to a page where you can acquire a user ID.) You can now use Yahoo! Messenger on your Linux system.

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