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Old 05-14-2005, 09:41 PM   #1
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where can i download linux software

Where exactly can i download Linux software? I've just installed Fedora Core3 and i want to know is there a website like for installing Linux software eg. linux mpg player and mp3 player and other software such as antivirus, etc...........

Can i play WMV video format in Linux?
Old 05-14-2005, 09:55 PM   #2
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Sourceforge is your best friend:

You might also like this site to download .rpm's:

The best media player you can get is mplayer:

It can play virtually _everything_. .

And you don't need an anti-virus, or spyware. Just don't play around as root and keep your system up-to-date and you should do just fine.

Old 05-14-2005, 09:59 PM   #3
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first install everything you can through the package manager then try you don't need anti-virus software and yes you can play .wmv files but it requires mplayer and a few windows .dll files that are illegal to distribute online
Old 05-14-2005, 10:37 PM   #4
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if by illegal you mean non-gpl compliant. for the most part, they're legal. a few however might have strange licences that would completely prevent distribution in any form but that provided by the vendor.

I don't know of anything that does though.

redhat is a bitch about stuff like this. they won't distribute anything that could possibly offend anyone, ever, in their free products.

this is, unfortunately, one of many shortcomings.

oh well.. good luck dealing with redhat.

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Old 05-15-2005, 10:34 AM   #5
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Lightbulb is the resources site you should have a look !!
Old 05-15-2005, 01:19 PM   #6
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open a console and do

yum search "software that you want"

then if it finds anything

yum install "software name"

that'll search the redhat repositories for software, they don't have as many as the 3rd party ones like fresh rpm , dag, lavina etc. and also nothing like MP3 cause of licensing, google for adding freshrpm to your repositories and adding it's key.

FC3 repositories also only have fedora specific RPM's (obviously) and so they're very easy to install (yum handles all dependencies too) however some things may not be available for it and in which case you'll need to hit their website for source etc.

then you can get even more software, i use xmms for music, once you add freshrpm you can search yum for "xmms-mp3" for mp3 support, mplayer is good for movies, you can do similar to above for different codecs (might be .wma codecs).

Anti-virus is really not needed, antivirus is only good on linux for scanning windows shares and emails AFAIK.

If you want to just browse types of software and see what takes your fancy sourceforge is brilliant (although if you want to look at EVERYTHING it'll take a while)

Before looking for loads of new stuff to get i'd go through and see what you already have from the install CD's (evenign starting it up and checking the "about" in help may provide useful info) you might find alot of stuff you want is already present
Google is your friend

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Old 05-15-2005, 01:40 PM   #7
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I have debian, which means that my best friend is apt-get. I can download any one of 16 thousand free software packages, avaliable at a single command, with dependancies automatically computed, no need to even go to a website. I'm pretty happy with that.

With Fedora, however, you do get a good amount of free software with the distro. If you have a good-sized hard drive, I'd advise you to go ahead and click on the box for installing "everything" when you install. (It might be worth installing Fedora again) You get about six GB of software, if I recall. A lot of it you won't need, but you can have a lot of fun exploring everything that's on your menu. There will certainly be some cool surprises.

I found managing packages with Fedora to be a real pain. If you find that you agree, I hope that you'll consider Debian, or another distro that uses the APT package manager, which simply couldn't be easier.

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Old 05-15-2005, 03:08 PM   #8
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Fedora/Redhat can also use APT and SYNAPTIC. They are just not installed by default. You can get apt and synaptic from the fedoraproject. The same site has an extras repository for Fedora Core which provides packages that are not shipped with Fedora by default.


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