Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 7th Nov 2005 00:10 UTC, submitted by Rob Teng
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris In light of the many misunderstandings about Linux, software repositories and installation of packages, part one of this season's Mandriva Linux 2006 review includes an extensive background article about it. It explains why the nature of Free Software leads to a more userfriendly software installation setup for Linux distributions in general, as compared to proprietary systems such as the current desktop market leader. The process is illustrated with Mandriva Linux tools. This first part of the Mandriva Linux 2006 review also contains information on the installation and benchmark figures against previous Mandriva/Mandrake products, amongst other things.
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RE[8]: thumbs down
by Temcat on Mon 7th Nov 2005 16:37 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: thumbs down"
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The answer is simple enough : ask your distro provider or the app provider for a package.

Sure, and they of course will drop all the rest of their present affairs and devote their attention to me :-)

I've had that trouble myself. My distro only had Gimp 2.0 while I wanted to install 2.2. I asked them to no avail. So the repo system failed for me in this case. "Change your distro" is not the answer.

BTW you seem to somehow infer that I deny usefulness of repositories as such. That's not the case. The repos have their place and they are a great convenience for the user. At least for the core system software, they are clearly superior to the Windows' auto update system. But they do have their limitations: 1) inherent security of all software from repositories (EDIT: compared to the upstream versions) is a myth; 2) they don't contain ALL software that is produced, and the software they do contain does not always have the version a user needs.

Edited 2005-11-07 16:41

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