[CentOS] Enabling X on headless server via network

Sun Jul 25 18:53:29 UTC 2010
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

Dotan Cohen wrote:
>>> EPEL is generally known to not overwrite distro files, but when it
>>> starts showing conflicts with the CentOS extras repo, that needs an
>>> additional note.
>> I think the point is that CentOS isn't 'the distro' that epel doesn't overwrite.
>>  And it really makes more sense for most additional content to be maintained in
>> epel where it is available and compatible for RHEL and Scientific Linux users as
>> well as CentOS.  And since you are fairly likely to need at least some of the
>> extensive content from epel, you might as well treat the centos
>> plus/extras/testing repos as the 3rd party addons that they are, particularly in
>> light of the frequent comments here that their only priority is compatibility
>> with upstream.
> Ooff, that sounds familiar. I jumped ship from Fedora around FC6, one
> of the reasons was constant dependency hell. I don't remember the
> details, but I really needed packages from both the Livna and Dag
> camps.

EPEL is "better" in that they make an effort to never replace base packages, but 
they consider RHEL as the base.  You are usually safe leaving epel enabled for 
updates - but for a few things you may want newer packages from other repos 
where you have to be more careful.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com