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Yahoo! Messenger for Unix

Send instant messages to your Windows and Unix friends!


Includes:

  • Improved Emoticons
  • Improved Message Archive
  • Improved sound on RedHat kernels
  • Yahoo! Address Book integration
  • File transfer with Windows clients

System Requirements

Linux: Yahoo! Messenger runs on the Intel chipset and has been tested on RedHat 6.2, 7.2 and 8 and 9; Debian Woody

FreeBSD: Yahoo! Messenger has been tested on FreeBSD 4.5.

These packages require X Windows, GTK 1.2 or greater, openssl 0.9.6 or greater and gdk-pixbuf 0.8.0 or greater

Upgrading your Client

If you are upgrading your client from a previous version of Yahoo! Messenger, please remove the older version first before installing this version.

In addition, due to changes in the base libraries, please rename the preferences file in the directory $HOME/.ymessenger from .ymessenger/preferences to .ymessenger/preferences.old.

The new client will automatically configure your setup. You will not lose any offline or archived messages in this process.

Other notes

This client uses an un-GNOMEified version of GtkHTML 0.8, which is under the LGPL. Download the source.

Note: You can use the md5sum utility to verify the correctness of the downloaded file. The checksums are provided with each file.

Installation Instructions

RedHat Linux

  1. Save the appropriate file to your machine:
    RedHat 6.x
    RedHat 7.x
    RedHat 8.0
    RedHat 9
  2. Log in as root and type: rpm -i <filename> with the appropriate filename depending on your version to install the application.
  3. Run /usr/bin/ymessenger from X Window to launch the application.

Debian Linux

  1. Save the file to your machine.
  2. Log in as root and type: dpkg -i ymessenger_1.0.4_1_i386.deb to install the application.
  3. Run /usr/bin/ymessenger from X Window to launch the application.

FreeBSD Installation

  1. Save the file to your machine.
  2. Log in as root and type: pkg_add fbsd4.ymessenger.tgz to install the application.
  3. Run /usr/bin/ymessenger from X Window to launch the application.