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Re: CentOS 3rd party repositories?

On Thu, Oct 02, 2008 at 11:54:27AM +0000, Marko Vojinovic wrote:
> Forgive me for querrying the Fedora list for this, but I really don't want to 
> subscribe to a Yet Another Mailing List just to have this one single basic 
> question answered. It is quite unlikely that I will be having any more 
> questions about CentOS in the future, so...
> Ok, to the problem --- I have one (soon to be two) CentOS 5.2 machine(s), and 
> I seem to miss some packages that I am used to in Fedora:
> 1) kmod-nvidia and kmod-fglrx --- searching through the web, all I see about 
> CentOS is installing/compiling drivers straight from nVidia and ATI. Are 
> there maintained yumable packages that get autoupdated along with CentOS 
> kernel like the ones for Fedora?
> 2) BackupPC --- so far it was running quite well for me on Fedora, but it does 
> not seem to exist for CentOS, which comes with some other (equivalent) tools. 
> Am I destined to use those, or am I missing some repository where backuppc 
> can be found? Or should I compile it myself?
> 3) Cairo-dock --- ok, this is not essential, but I like it :-). However, yum 
> says no matches found.
> Just to note, so far I have enabled the default base, extras, updates 
> repositories from CentOS, and in addition the Dag repository for RHEL5 and 
> adobe repository for flash.
> <rant>
> ATrpms has way too obsolete installation instructions (some others too --- 
> Dries comes to mind) to be seriously considered as a reliable repository. For 
> example, Livna has a .rpm file for each Fedora distro that I just have to 
> install and it is ready to go. On ATrpms website I was told to manually edit 
> the .repo files according to the template given for Fedora 7 (!!!), changing 
> some parameters to suit my own distro (???)... Wtf? Did I miss the right 
> instructions page? This is just user-unfriendly, to say the least. But I may 
> even try it out if someone just gives me the exact contents of the 
> appropriate .repo file that works with CentOS 5.2, and if ATrpms has all 
> these packages that I need, updated more often than their website...
> </rant>

Try http://atrpms.net/name/atrpms-package-config/

> This machine is meant to be unattended (physically, not remotely) for a period 
> of 3 years, so I guessed that CentOS is the distro that would Just Work in 
> such conditions, and at the same time it is similar enough to Fedora that I 
> shall be comfortable admining it remotely as neccessary.
> The other machine is to be used as a desktop machine by a serve-on-a-plate 
> kind of user who knows nothing beyond kde menus (hence the question about 
> automatic graphics drivers), also admined by me remotely.
> I will be thankful for any suggestions about the above. I do not insist on yum 
> and will content to build from source, if I can be guaranteed that such setup 
> will not break after 3 years of possible (regular) kernel updates.
> Excuse me again for not going to CentOS list for this, it seems obvious that a 
> lot of people here use CentOS as well, so... ;-)
> Best, :-)
> Marko

Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net

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