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I'm new to the Ubuntu world since I've been using Windows for years. I use Skype and Windows Live Messenger on Windows and I just wondered if these where available on Linux? If not, are there any that are similar that?

asked Jul 31 '10 at 11:54

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Skype works great on Ubuntu, as for Windows Live Messenger, you can try Pidgin or Empathy which both handle the MSN messenger protocol. Most likely these programs will be available in the Ubuntu Software Center under your Applications menu.

Have fun!

answered Jul 31 '10 at 12:30

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Skype is available on most distributions of Linux, but I don't think that Windows Live Messenger is.

answered Jul 31 '10 at 11:58

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skype is available, there are also tons of chat clients that will work on multiple services, you can also get wine which allows you to use any windows program on Linux (although i have not had much luck with it)

answered Jul 31 '10 at 12:19

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The reason why you haven't had so much luck with it is because Direct X is copyrighted by Microsoft, and I think that only Windows is allowed to run it.

(Jul 31 '10 at 12:23) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

even ones that do not use direct X... i honestly haven't played around with it much.

(Jul 31 '10 at 12:25) trueb trueb's gravatar image

Skype should work on Ubuntu. As for Windows Live Messenger I've used Pidgin and aMSN. aMSN is designed mainly for the Microsoft IM interface. Pidgin is designed as a generic client for all IM networks.

answered Jul 31 '10 at 18:14

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