well, installed kopete from slapt-get expecting to get some error message, but it worked out of the box. How did you install it? What error do you get? Perhaps my work for amsn did the trick for kopete too, but I doubt it, I was expecting a recompile for kopete too. I tell you what I did for amsn just in case: I compiled tcl, tk, and tls in that order. I passed the path to them through ./configure, for example, ./configure --with-tcl=/path/to/tcl for tk, and so on. Thats all. I can't remember if I had to get openssl from the repo or it is by default in vl, you can check if you have it through gslapt, or take a look into /var/log/packages.
Let us know.