How to Set Up Ubuntu for Yahoo Messenger & a Webcam

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How to Set Up Ubuntu for Yahoo Messenger & a Webcam
Install Yahoo Messenger on Ubuntu. (computer image by blaine stiger from

If you're new to using Ubuntu, a type of Linux operating system, one of the things you may be the most confused about is the process for installing certain programs. Many of the programs you may be used to using as a previous user of Windows, won't install as easily. However, you can still use these programs with Ubuntu--it just requires an extra step. Yahoo Messenger is one such program. You will also be able to install and use your webcam using Yahoo Messenger in Ubuntu.

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    Download a program called Wine, which is a unique program that emulates an installed copy of Windows on top of your Ubuntu installation. Type "sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa" into Terminal and hit "Enter.".Type "sudo apt-get update," hit "Enter," then type "sudo apt-get install wine." Hit "Enter" and wait for the process to finish.

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    Download Yahoo Messenger. Double-click the install file and follow the onscreen instructions to install. This will not be any different than if you were installing it on Windows.

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    Insert your webcam into the computer. Since your webcam is hardware and not a program, there will be no problem with using it on Ubuntu right away.

  4. 4

    Set your Yahoo Messenger status to "View My webcam." According to Yahoo, friends can then click on your status message. You must click "Accept" to allow each person who clicks to view your webcam broadcast.

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