THANK YOU LINUXVB!!!
I was not able to install yum, or the target of my little crusade, vlc. but you pointing me at atrpms, led me to learn about apt-get, which in turn let me to synaptic... through synaptic, I have now been abloe to install VLC and its dependancies with no trouble at all, (thanks also to Dag Wieers awesme repository)
so I am now forgetting yum, as I dont need it (though if I was willing to remove up2date from my system I could easily install that too useing apt-get)! thank you again!