Friday, November 27, 2009

aMSN 0.98.1 is released!

Most of the people around me use Microsoft's "MSN" for instant messaging and MSN is indispensable part of their computer culture. Up to now, I made many of my close friends migrate to GNU/Linux and ordinarily exposed to many questions about this OS. One of the questions requested to me is that whether Microsoft's MSN works on GNU/Linux operating systems or not. There is a number of MSN client software for GNU/Linux, but most of them do not satisfy the new migrants. At that point, "aMSN" becomes prominent, because in the view of functionality and visual appearance, it resembles to Microsoft's "MSN" most.

Now let us build aMSN native "Slackware 13" binary package using SBo SlackBuild script. Today 27th of November 2009 and there is no SlackBuild script for aMSN 0.98.1 on SBo homepage :(. But do not worry :), it is possible to build aMSN 0.98.1 binary using previous (0.97.2) SBo SlackBuild script. Just replacing source tarball with latest source tarball (0.98.1) and editing SlackBuild script for the new source version and archive type, you can easily build aMSN 0.98.1 binary package for "Slackware 13".

"aMSN 0.98.1 Source", "aMSN 0.97.2 SBo SlackBuild", "aMSN 0.97.2 SBo CPG Signature"

$ wget
$ wget
$ wget
$ tar -zxvf amsn.tar.gz
$ mv amsn-0.98.1.tar.gz amsn.tar.gz.asc amsn
$ cd amsn
$ nano amsn.SlackBuild

Edit aMSN SlackBuild script as in above snapshot and save then log in as root with "su". Now, you are ready to execute the script.

# ./amsn.SlackBuild

Clean old aMSN installation, if exists.

# removepkg amsn

Install aMSN 0.98.1 by;

# installpkg /tmp/amsn-0.98.1-*_SBo.tgz