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Setting up Mandriva Linux Internet Software Media Sources

Posted 02-12-2007 at 04:55 PM by ernie

If you installed Mandriva using Mandriva One, the four CD set, or the DVD the available software selection will be limited by disk space. To make the full range of software packaged for use with Mandriva Linux available for installation with the Software Package Manager (and urpmi) or Smart set up the Internet Software Media Sources by following the directions on the WEB site at Easy URPMI. These (official) Internet Software Media Sources are located in the various Mandriva Linux ftp mirrors located on servers around the world. The plf sources are repositories of non-GPL'd or proprietary software which has been packaged for use with Mandriva Linux.

All users should set up at least the following (official) Internet Software Media Sources:
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contrib
contrib_updates
main
main_updates
If you have no objection to the use of non-GPL'd or proprietary software add the following (Official) Internet Software Media Sources:
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non-free
non-free updates
You may also wish to add the following (Penguin Liberation Front) Internet Software Media Sources:
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plf-free
plf-nonfree
If you must have the latest available versions, and you are willing to take the chance that the software has not undergone the high degree of testing found in the above stable sources, you can add the following (official) Internet Software Media Sources:
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contrib_backports
main_backports
non-free backports
If you must have the latest available versions, have no objection to the use of non-GPL'd or proprietary software, and you are willing to take the chance that the software has not undergone the high degree of testing found in the stable sources above, you can add the following (Penguin Liberation Front) sources:
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plf-free_backports
plf-nonfree_backports
Use the backports sources at your own risk. The software packages in these sources has not received the thorough testing the regular (stable) sources have, and may not perform as expected when used on some hardware. I use these sources here with no trouble, but you may not have the same experience.

HTH,
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