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Old 08-13-2010, 07:17 AM   #1
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Fedora repository not providing up-to-date versions of software

Hi everybody

I am using Linpus lite (a fedora based linux) on an ACER ONE notebook.
I use a GUI to install/update or remove software. It is called pirut. I believe it a GUI of the yum command.
The repository this install program uses is the fedora one. I find the following description of the repository in the menus of that GUI:
Name: Fedora
Description:Fedora 8 - i386
Mirror list :

The problem is the following: The versions I can install from that GUI are outdate. For example, the firefox I have is although the newest one available at the firefox website is 3.6.8. The same with openoffice, gcc and many many other tools.

This is embarrassing: I wanted recently to install a software on my own which was not available at that repository. This software requires recent versions of many tools. It's embarassing to have to update them manually..

I assumed the default repository of fedora should have access to the newest versions.
If that is true, then the problem is in my system and not in the repositories. In that case, does any one have a clue on how to fix that problem?
Now if the repository I use is indeed outdated, Should I change to another repository? Can anyone indicate which repository is compatible with my system and how to add it?

Many thanks!

Old 08-13-2010, 07:37 AM   #2
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Fedora 8 expired some yrs ago. Fedora brings out a new version approx every 13 mths iirc.
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Thanks Chris
Is there a way to update my operating system Fedora or do I have to install myself its newest release?

Also how about the following: If I add to the package manager the repositories of the recent release of Fedora (with the current System I have, Fedora 8), would it be possible to update all software I have? If that would work, how can I do it?

Many thanks!
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Fedora does provide a means to run an upgrade from one distribution to the next. However upgrading from Fedora 8 to Fedora 13 would be very questionable, you may be better off starting over.

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I do not want to start over right now. So I am wondering if there is a possibility to update the software I have by using the repositories of the latest fedora releases. How can I do that?
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You would be best off installing Fedora 13 following the instructions on the Fedora website:

Fedora is a fast-moving project, and you will get left behind eventually if you don't keep up with the 6-month upgrades.
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I also want to point out that the OP has Linpus, not Fedora, even though Linpus is based on Fedora 8. Any time I tried to change the DE or upgrade in Linpus, I ended up with errors resolving dependencies. I just decided to replace Linpus with Ubuntu on my Aspire One, problem solved.


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