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Thread: Gaim MSN: Protocol not supported :S

  1. #1
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    Gaim MSN: Protocol not supported :S

    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to linux and have the KNOPPIX V3.3 2003-09-24-EN.
    I'm trying to use Gaim to sign into my MSN account but it just keeps displaying that the Protocol is not supported...... I don't know what this actually means. Do I need to install a update of a protocol ?, or update Gaim? or something else?

    Thanks for your time,


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    Sydney, Australia
    On 15th October Microsoft changed their servers to only support later versions of their protocol in an attempt to try to shut out non-microsoft clients.
    You can find out a bit more about it here...

    From the Gaim website:
    Gaim still works with MSN provided you're using a recent version (0.71 is our current version), and you have SSL libraries properly installed. We support either Mozilla NSS or GNUTLS. Check the FAQ for more information.
    Apt-get gaim does not seem to give a late enough version, so you might have to install the source and compile it yourself.
    Sorry I can't be more specific, but the whole thing seems to be a bit of a moving target.

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    Midlands, UK
    aMSN works! - Although the version that supports protocol 9 (0.83-1) gets uninstalled by 'apt-get' everytime, so I must be doing something wrong!

    I don't really properly understand package management at the moment!

    I just download the aMSN .deb package and use:-

    dpkg -i amsn_0.83-1_i386.deb

    It comes back:-

    Selecting previously deselected package amsn.
    (Reading database ... 117355 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking amsn (from amsn_0.83-1_i386.deb) ...
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of amsn:
    amsn depends on tcltls; however:
    Package tcltls is not installed.
    dpkg: error processing amsn (--install):
    dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    Errors were encountered while processing:

    But works fine....

    I'm a newbie. Stu......

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    Oct 2003
    Barcelona, Spain
    I'm newbier than any other in this planet but I installed aMSN from the tar.gz file!!!
    Just follow the instruction from the aMSN's web page

    Download amsn-0_xx.tar.gz
    $ tar xvzf amsn-0_xx.tar.gz
    $ cd msn
    $ ./amsn
    $ wish amsn
    If command wish is not found, you need to install tcl/tk packages (tcl & tk).

    Note that I used "./amsn" and it works fine!
    Be carefull to put the tar.gz file in the directory where you want to install it, because I ran the installation in my "downloads" directory and now I have pics, videos, and this kind of fool things in the same directory that aMSN is installed.
    I hope that this helps you!
    Linuxely yours,


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