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    Linux/MSN ???

    If i get my kids a netbook with LINUX can they go on MSN with it...keep getting told different things...

    Thanks

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    You can use pidgin which connects through msn and other IM clients. You may have to install Pidgin seperatly, ie, may not come already installed.

    pidgin.im/

    Pidgin is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to … Pidgin is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once. Pidgin can work with: [LIST][*]AIM[*]Bonjour[*]Gadu-Gadu[*]Google Talk[*]Groupwise[*]ICQ[/LIST] [LIST][*]IRC[*]MSN[*]MySpaceIM[*]QQ[*]SILC[/LIST] [LIST][*]SIMPLE[*]Sametime[*]XMPP[*]Yahoo![*]Zephyr[/LIST] Pidgin is free software. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2. This means you are free to use it and to modify it, but if you distribute your modifications you must distribute the modified source code as well.

    why are you installing linux by the way ?

    Original Poster

    hi, thanks for that. When i went to the link it said "download for windows" but i wont have windows will I, will it still work....??

    From what i remember you just put the sign-in details for MSN Messenger into Pidgin and it automatically lets you use it. You should download the Pidgin for 'Fedora' as I think that's a Linux distribution.

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    tsar_nate;3547390

    why are you installing linux by the way ?



    i wasnt, but the netbooks i was looking at have this as the operating system..

    You can install a stripped down version of XP if you want, google it and you can get instructions on how to do it, but Linux is fine when you give it a shot. The only thing is you do need to be a bit more 'hands-on' with it than XP to install stuff.

    bjmcghee;3547528

    You can install a stripped down version of XP if you want, google it and … You can install a stripped down version of XP if you want, google it and you can get instructions on how to do it, but Linux is fine when you give it a shot. The only thing is you do need to be a bit more 'hands-on' with it than XP to install stuff.



    Why bother? Linux works wonderfully with lower powered hardware. A second vote for Pidgin from me.

    Original Poster

    thanks everyone ! Two of my kids want laptops for christmas and all they ever seem to do is go on msn and bebo and a few other sites, sometimes they go onto game sites like addicting games...so i started off looking at budget laptops for about £300 each then seen these wee netbooks for about £180 each. would they be able to play online games on them ?

    Heavertron;3547573

    Why bother? Linux works wonderfully with lower powered hardware. A second … Why bother? Linux works wonderfully with lower powered hardware. A second vote for Pidgin from me.



    Mind out though, it's not as if WinXP was developed with Core 2 Quads in mind. Each service pack has increased its performance, and when it first came out, it ran fine on a 200MHz Pentium with 64MB of RAM.

    And the main problem with Linux is its lousy software and hardware support. Regarding MSN, you might be able to get some third-rate substitute for MSN Messenger that does the basics like connect to the network and lets you do text chats, but you can't get the real thing. And that mean there might not be any of the cool things, like display pics, voice messages, handwritten messages, custom emoticons, file transfers, webcams, voice conversations, and Hotmail integration. Sucks.

    Original Poster

    ok, back to plan A - the budget laptops !! was trying to save myself some dosh ! never mind

    It depends on what you mean by playing online games, the netbooks are fine if you want email or general surfing, but if you want proper online gaming then an XP/Vista based laptop is probably better. If it's fairly low spec online gaming (as Addicting Games seems to be) then they may well be fine with a netbook.

    If you really want a budget laptop then have a look at Dell Outlet as they have some Inspiron laptops with £55 off and free delivery at the moment.

    If you really need to buy two machines then maybe you could consider cheap desktops (almost always cheaper for the same spec than laptops) and add a wireless adaptor so hey all have access to the internet?

    full on gaming = xps/alienware

    dcx_badass;3547809

    No chance, no games on them, don't get kids a netbook. 7 or 9 inch … No chance, no games on them, don't get kids a netbook. 7 or 9 inch laptops are meant for portability, they'll be **** for using the whole time, just way too small, also for kids I'd get one with windows as that's what they'll use at school and friends.



    Addicting games appears to be flash games, and those work just fine on Linux

    Some parents might like the idea of laptops that their children will only be using for an hour or two at a time.

    Don't worry about them using a 'different' system since Windows/Linux/OS X are all very similar anyway.

    dxx;3547833

    Mind out though, it's not as if WinXP was developed with Core 2 Quads in … Mind out though, it's not as if WinXP was developed with Core 2 Quads in mind. Each service pack has increased its performance, and when it first came out, it ran fine on a 200MHz Pentium with 64MB of RAM.



    I think you might be remembering windows 98 there. XP struggles on a Pentium III 500Mhz with 256mb of ram.

    dxx;3547833

    And the main problem with Linux is its lousy software and hardware … And the main problem with Linux is its lousy software and hardware support. Regarding MSN, you might be able to get some third-rate substitute for MSN Messenger that does the basics like connect to the network and lets you do text chats, but you can't get the real thing. And that mean there might not be any of the cool things, like display pics, voice messages, handwritten messages, custom emoticons, file transfers, webcams, voice conversations, and Hotmail integration. Sucks.



    Just to clarify, the problem here isn't Linux itself. It's the hardware and software makers who provide support for Windows and not Linux. In this case it's because Microsoft doesn't release the specification for the MSN protocol or allow anyone to use it's code so all apps using the MSN network that aren't 'windows live messenger' aren't going to have all the features whether they're on Windows and Linux and the problem is made worse by the fact that windows live messenger is only for windows.

    They may be perfectly reasonable for what your children want though, not everybody wants the latest gimmicks.

    lola;3547855

    ok, back to plan A - the budget laptops !! was trying to save myself … ok, back to plan A - the budget laptops !! was trying to save myself some dosh ! never mind



    Well they should be viewed as an alternative type of PC rather than just cheap normal laptops.

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    Nothing wrong with a netbook, for what you want to use it for.

    Flash games will work fine, and even some basic linux games.

    As Razta suggested, pidgin , but there are many other msn compatible clients that work fine on linux, without the gimmicky stuff

    Hey, they may even do there homework using it
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