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cant install MSN Messenger

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by devarmagan, Feb 3, 2007.

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  1. devarmagan

    devarmagan Thread Starter

    Dec 24, 2006
    i cant install the msn messenger its giving a error "could not display "/home/user_name/Desktop/Install_Messenger.exe" how to solve this problem
  2. vtel57


    Jul 12, 2004
    I believe that MSN Messenger is a Windows application. You can't install and run Windows applications in Linux unless you use an emulator program of some sort. My recommendation would be for you to install (if it isn't already on your system) GAIM. GAIM is an Open Source messenger app that can login to and function with AIM, Yahoo, ICQ, and MSN.

    Have FUN!
  3. steven1350


    Jun 3, 2006
    try aMSN. Its very similar to the windows msn version
  4. sportscrazy


    Nov 27, 2004
    You can't install any windows applications, unless they're specifically made for Linux as well. Most of the time there are similar apps. that are available for all the linux distro's. Here's the link to aMSN:

  5. Gibbs


    Feb 28, 2005
    You can run Windows applications on Linux with emulators or server software. Of course this doesn't mean all application will work 100%, for example Windows DirectX game are a big problem.

    Wine is a small, free and decent binary emulator that is 100% legal. If you want to see if it runs something "<application name> appdb wine" is a good search string for google. I doubt that most Microsoft products work though. VMWare is another option but in my opinion is a last resort as it requires you to install Windows inside your distro.

    Theres usually ALWAYS linux alternatives. Like mentioned above aMSN is an awesome program, give it a shot :)
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