Installing (Debian Based)
So you want the lastest aMSN but your apt-get mirrors are months behind? Here's how you can get the latest version out of the aMSN tarball. I will provide all steps via command line, but graphical tools can be substituted where possible, if you prefer.
Before you begin, you'll need these packages:
apt-get build-dep amsn apt-get install fakeroot
Download the tarball
Go to http://www.amsn-project.net/download.php and click on the "Tarball Source" option.
Extract the tarball
Open up a terminal program, and issue the following:
cd ~/Desktop (or wherever you save your downloads to) tar -xjf amsn* cd amsn*
Configure and Compile the Debian package
./configure make deb
Install the Debian package
mv distrib/DEB/amsn* ~/Desktop cd ~/Desktop dpkg --install amsn*.deb
There you go, you now have the latest version of aMSN on your Debian based OS. The .deb package is now on your desktop, so if you want to save it for later, you can. This will also tie into your synaptic/aptitude, so uninstalling and upgrading will be handled through your current package management system.