[CentOS] Centos 6.3 - which repos to use?

Tue Jan 22 21:15:04 UTC 2013
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

On 01/22/2013 03:01 PM, James Freer wrote:
> I've just installed v6.3 as a desktop (from
> Centos-6.3-i386-LiveCD.iso) and to get the hang of the Centos approach
> and then hope to move on to a server. I've been using linux *buntu for
> 5 years.
> Hope i don't sound like a nit but i've got a little confused with the
> repos. Hoping someone would be kind enough just to clarify. This
> installation is for stability whilst installing the latest versions
> available.
> a] What happens if i select these? I assume that Centos6 is correct so
> why these?
> In software sources i have checked;
> Centos6-base, Centos6-extras, Centos6-updates
> unchecked;
> Centos6-contrib, Centos6-media, Centos6-plus
> i did check these three and media wouldn't, and plus wanted to suggest
> installation kernel 2.6 [gulp]. Each unchecked without installing.
> Then we also have the same for 6.0, 6.1, 6.2?
> b] So which repos to use as i'm unsure where apps are i want to use
> like efax (ok that's in), yumex, pyrenamer, llgal, abiword. at present
> i'm not sure which repos to use other than the one's i've mentioned.
> I then started to look at the repos
> http://wiki.centos.org/AdditionalResources/Repositories
> Centos extras and plus -- are these the same as above?
> CS/GFS, Centos testing, Fast track, debuginfo, contrib, CR - would
> seem not applicable to me.
> 3rd party repos
> rpmforge (DAG), and EPEL seem likely
> other repos seem likely to replace core packages which wouldn't be applicable.
> Google RPM gets a "use with care". I used the google browser on *buntu
> from their website with no problems so i was wondering what the
> problem would be and whether to use this repoo or the website. The
> fact that a maintainer has made this repo suggests a reason rather
> than just convenience.
> c] Could one just use pkgs.org to install from?
> My google "centos abiword" threw up yet another repo 'puias' and this
> has the latest Abiword version 2.8.6.
> http://pkgs.org/centos-6-rhel-6/puias-i386/abiword-2.8.6-3.puias6.i686.rpm.html
> I could just install from pkgs.org/centos-6 it would seem? Point is
> the repos are maintained by an expert rather than folk just
> downloading.
> I was then confused further by this
> http://miles.isb.bj.edu.cn/2012/03/09/how-to-install-abiword-on-centos-6-x64/
> One needs to add epal and rpmforge just for abiword? Surely the
> dependencies would be in the same repo
> I'm sure all is quite simple really but i'd be grateful for the
> guidance before i mess up an installation.

puias is another rebuild of RHEL code (like CentOS .. but a different
project) ... they also just changed their name to Springdale Linux:


WRT recommended repos (that also explains what extras is, centosplus is,


Basically, for almost everything I need, I can get it from CentOS, EPEL,
and maybe RPMForge.

As far as the distro is concerned, CentOS-6 is the distro and the point
releases are basically just point in time freezes to generate new
install media.  You will always get to the latest version of CentOS-6
(currently 6.3 and updates to that) by doing "yum update"

CR is a way to "point release" updates about a week faster, we release
the RPMS when they are ready, into CR and then we make ISOs out of them
and release the next version.  It usually takes 5-10 days to make the
ISOs, test them and seed them.

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