Additional Repositories for Fedora Linux

Fedora’s repositories provide most of the software packages needed when using Linux. However, for various consideration, they do not provide some packages, such as MPlayer, ffmpeg. Fortunately, some community maintained repository provides these software. And they may also package propriety software, , such as ATI fglrx dive, NVIDIA driver, into rpm packages. In this post, we introduce theses additional repositories and how to install them into Fedora.

RPM Fusion

“RPM Fusion provides software that the Fedora Project or Red Hat doesn’t want to ship. That software is provided as precompiled RPMs for all current Fedora versions and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6; you can use the RPM Fusion repositories with tools like yum and PackageKit.”

RPM Fusion has two separate software repositories. The free for Open Source Software (as defined by the Fedora Licensing Guidelines) which the Fedora project cannot ship due to other reasons. The nonfree for redistributable software that is not Open Source Software (as defined by the Fedora Licensing Guidelines); this includes software with publicly available source-code that has “no commercial use”-like restrictions.

To enable access to both the free and the nonfree repository use the following command.

Released and currently supported Fedora versions:

# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm
# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm

Fedora Rawhide and what will become the next Fedora version (Alpha, Beta and snapshots):

# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-rawhide.noarch.rpm
# yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-rawhide.noarch.rpm

Adobe software release

Adobe maintains a yum repository for its software. One of the widely used piece of software on Linux from Adobe may be the Adobe Reader.

Install the yum repository:

# rpm -Uvh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm;

Install the Adobe Reader (if needed):

# yum install AdobeReader_enu -y;

Google Chrome repository

The yum repository for install Google Chrome from Google:

Add the yum repository:

# echo "[google-chrome]
name=google-chrome
baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub
" > /etc/yum.repos.d/google-chrome.repo

Install Google Chrome:

# yum install google-chrome-stable -y;

About Eric Zhiqiang Ma

Eric Zhiqiang Ma is a PhD candidate at Dep. of CSE, HKUST. He is interested in system software for cloud computing, virtualization of large-scale distributed systems and etc. Also find Eric on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties. More Posts - Website

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