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Thomas Hertweck wrote:
The descriptions for various opensuse-related software
the opensuse website[*] are rather disappointing, i.e. a user does not
know what these repositories offer. Therefore, it's difficult to know
and decide which repository might be worth adding as installation
source. This is not such a big problem for experienced opensuse users
but it is one in particular for new SuSE users. Just a few examples:
- Packman: Packman offers various additional packages for openSUSE.
- Guru: Guru's RPM site contains packages optimized for i686 and x86_64.
- suser-jengelh: Various packages from the suser-jengelh repository.
- Schiele: More packages for various SUSE releases by Robert Schiele can
be found here. Some of them are new packages, some of them are just
updated packages from the original SUSE ones, and some just fix bugs
when SUSE does not provide these bug fixes.
- Scorot: Scorot is another repository with many packages.
suser-scorot isn't maintained anymore since quite a while IIRC.
- suser-oc2pus: Various Packages since Suse 8.2.
oc2pus (aka Tony Graffy) moved all his packages to Packman since several
- suser-liviudm: Various packages by Liviu Damian.
I understand that some repositories are huge and thus
it's difficult to
come up with a better description without going into too much detail.
Indeed. Frankly, it's really difficult to describe Packman and Guru
because we have lots of different stuff in there.
Multimedia (non-crippled), games, network tools, drivers, KDE themes,
A bit of everything, really.
Typically, packages end up in Packman or Guru instead of the
distribution because the distribution is not open to non-Novell
employees. The openSUSE Build Service is quite recent (both Packman and
Guru exist since several years). And there are a lot of packages that
may not be hosted in the Build Service for reasons (pretty much)
everyone knows of (ktorrent with DHT, amarok with MP4 + MySQL +
PostgreSQL support, libxine1 uncrippled, mad, ...)
Could be the start of a description but... would also have to check
whether explaining that on the wiki is OK from a legal point-of-view.
-o) Pascal Bleser http://linux01.gwdg.de/~pbleser/
/\\ <pascal.bleser(a)skynet.be> <guru(a)unixtech.be>
_\_v The more things change, the more they stay insane.
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