(Mandriva) Background: Linux software repositories and software installation

Posted by tuxchick on Nov 7, 2005 1:02 PM EDT
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This section is aimed at all those who have no or limited Linux experience, and are unfamiliar with software repositories. It occurred to me that novice Linux users are often at a loss where to get software, and the next thing that happens is that they manage to find some rpm file somewhere on the internet, and run into what is aptly called 'dependency hell' (for Linux insiders: note the pun! Ah well, I'm not good with those anyway..). So I decided to put up a couple of paragraphs about software installation, and clear up a few puzzling points.

[Ed.- great article- only please, for the love of $deity and readability, lose the text-scrolling-over-fixed background. Ow.]

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