[CentOS] obtaining non-packaged software

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Sat Nov 6 13:22:53 UTC 2010

On Sat, Nov 6, 2010 at 13:31, Piscium <groknok at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have been using Fedora on my home desktop for close to an year, and
> I am happy with it, nevertheless I am considering switching to a
> slower-moving distro.
> CentOS + EPEL put together have less packages than Fedora. Moreover
> RPM Fusion has fewer packages for EL than for Fedora. I am wondering
> how can I install on my PC applications for which packages do not
> exist from one of the above-mentioned repos.
> I can go upstream, get sources and build them. It is a good solution,
> I do that even with Fedora, however this can mean a lot of work when a
> package depends on 10 others.
> So I wonder what do other CentOS users do in a similar situation? Is
> it possible to get a Fedora binary package and install it? What about
> getting a Fedora source package, building and installing it? Is there
> any other possibility?

Are there any specific applications that you need but are not
available in the CentOS repos, or just in general? My experience is
that I had to build Anki [1], as no current version was available for
either CentOS or Fedora.

[1] http://ichi2.net/anki/#linux

Dotan Cohen


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