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Old 05-30-2007, 03:26 AM   #1
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openSUSE Package Sources and Restricted Formats

Most of the stickies in this forum are seriously dated for the basic issues; anyhow, here's a thread I recommend replacing them with, which just refers to the instructions from the community website:

This howto is version-agnostic (presuming 10.0+), as the tutorials are demarcated into version sections. Firstly, there is adding the relevant Package Sources:

This will add:
  • Online OSS/Non-OSS Source
  • Packman
  • Guru
Once your package sources are enabled, you can then simply install the necessary packages you will require for enabling certain Restricted Formats:

This includes:
  • MP3 Playback
  • Playing Encrypted DVDs
  • Playing DiVX/xvid videos, and
  • Windows Codecs

For other questions, you may want to see the general FAQ on the openSUSE Community site.

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Old 05-30-2007, 04:43 AM   #2
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Also many individual repositories for the latest software. Probably not recommended (or supported) in general, but it's how I upgraded from the default xorg 7.1 to xorg 7.2 to fix my intel video compatibility.
Old 05-30-2007, 05:12 AM   #3
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The Build Service has plenty of repositories, but note that you also don't have to go looking through them manually. We've got a Package Search set up now at:

For upgrading popular packages, there's always instructions around anyway. For example:
* Installing and upgrading Beryl, see
* Upgrading KDE:
* Testing KDE4 packages: (though it might be worth trying out KDE Four Live instead)

...but as mentioned, a lot of this is covered in the FAQ.


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