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I'm currently trying to install the plug-in from xmms so I can play mp3s..
I can't remember if I did it before (cus it's not working) so I im going to reinstall it.. however, when I typ "rpm xmms-mpg123-1.2.7-21.i386.rpm" in console as a root it tells me the package is already installed... but when I typ "rpm --query xmms-mpg123-1.2.7-21.i386.rpm" it tells me it's _not_ installed.. what could be the problem, installed or not?
Lots of differences, mostly it's a matter of taste. I like KDE better, and I get the impression that the software developed for KDE is several steps ahead of that for Gnome. But as the programs also run in the other environment, too (and other window managers as well), it remains a question of preference. If you had had KDE installed you could have used kpackage because it would probably have been there; if you've only got Gnome you would have to install kpackage or whatever Gnome has as a substitute, if there is any.
There is also the urpmi command to be used from the console, and gurpmi for an X Window system (for all it's worth the 'g' might even mean it's a graphical urpmi frontend for Gnome). Urpmi is more comfortable than rpm and quite simple to use.