What's the best MSN clone for someone with no Linux experience? I don't use MSN myself so I don't have a clue...
amsn is a nice clone, but I hate the entire msn-interface.
I would recommend using gaim (http://gaim.sf.net/) instead
To err is human... to really foul up requires the root password.
You can get the AMSN package for Archlinux on the amsn website. I used to use gaim, and its a good messenger if you are going to use more than one chat service, though. But if you are using only MSN, you should try the amsn package. You can get the PKGBUILD for the package off the sourceforge servers if you wish.