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Old 04-18-2009, 09:20 PM   #1
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CENTOS Repos


Hello, does anyone know what repos I need to enable in order to download and install multimedia stuff such as realplayer, flash player and open office 3 for the Centos 5.?

I also like to install firefox 3 as apposed to the default version 2.

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Old 04-18-2009, 09:34 PM   #2
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The current version of FF in the Centos repo is 3.07. For the flash plugin just go to adobe and follow the instructions (they have a 64bit version too). The rpm versions of OOfice 3 on the OO site seem to work on Centos. VLC is probably the easiest video player (rpmforge has it).

Edit: Since Centos is just RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) with the logos removed your would be better off posting questions about Centos in the RH forum. Or go straight to Centos own support forum.

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Old 04-19-2009, 10:52 AM   #3
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I thought every distro has it's own repository the advantage over getting third party rpm versions is the package manager would be better able to manage it...
 
Old 04-19-2009, 04:49 PM   #4
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Yes, BUT RHEL (and most RH based distros,Fedora, etc) do NOT allow any proprietary parts of any kind in them or their own repos. That means that using their repos only, you cannot play most media, you cannot have Nvidia/ATI closed source graphics drivers, Flash, and a lot of other things. This is why third party repos play such an important part in RH based distros. Because all the third party repos cannot seem to agree to play by the same rules (they have gotten MUCH better since the FC4 days) you do have to be careful mixing third party repos.

The OOffice 3 thing is a different issue. RHEL/Centos is a enterprise distro. This means that its number one priority is stability. Generally speaking most of the major packages will be on the same major release number of that package when the distro version is released as when support is dropped for that distro version. RHEL/Centos5.0 was released with OO2.4 and it is highly likely when support drops for RHEL/Centos5.8 (or however high they go, 5.X) the will still only have OO2.4. Now that does not mean that they will not update their version of OO, they do and they have already. What RHEL/Centos does is to apply back patches to the older versions of the software in order to maintain security and add as many features (as possible) to try to keep up with the more current version of that particular package.
 
Old 04-19-2009, 05:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for the explanation, lazlow.!!!
 
  


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