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Installation of additional sources by mintinstall

Postby hoppel on Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:04 pm

Hi,


I just recognized how much work it is to get the sources.list tuned in a way that one has the software he/she wants to have (and up to date). Since mintinstall already uses external sources to install software (I hope I understand the concept of mintinstall right), it would be very easy to install additional sources permanently. That would make it very easy to manage the sources.list and instead of searching several websites throughout the whole internet for new sources a lot of them could be stored at the Mint software portal with a brief description.
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Re: Installation of additional sources by mintinstall

Postby muskratmx on Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:06 pm

I not sure exactly what your driving at here.

But I believe there is only three or four sites, not all over the internet.
LinuxMint
Debian Proper
Ubuntu
and a couple of minor sites that provide media packages.
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Re: Installation of additional sources by mintinstall

Postby hoppel on Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:19 pm

Just look here:
http://3v1n0.tuxfamily.org/blog/informatica/linux/archivio-lista-repository-sourceslist-per-ubuntu-kubuntu-edgy/

There are a lot of repositories posted there, and there are several other sites. One could argue about the sense of adding that much sources for software (not for the 'sources', my former posting might cause some misunderstanding) is not necessary, but if you want to have newer versions of software you have no other choice than adding the repositories of that software. And this whole copy and paste process is annoying me, because it is slow and it's easy to write an error in sources.list.
It's all about introducing more point & click, which some might see as evil :twisted:
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Re: Installation of additional sources by mintinstall

Postby muskratmx on Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:15 pm

It's all about introducing more point & click, which some might see as evil :twisted:

You could say that again EVIL "VERY EVIL" :lol:

I looked at that list. That's a personal sources.list of some person. Most of those sites bring in software that's not under the GNU license. Which is a personal choice. If a distro did that then they become respondsable for those Licenses.

Also with a sources.list like that, there is a good chance you'll get software that will brake your system. Your talking "point and click", most people that "depend' on point and click GUIs to manage their systems wouldn't know how to fix it after it was broken.

Actually Linux Mint does keep you pretty much up to date. It's the outside software such as skype that you need to edit your sources.list to install, or some multimedia packages. But after you've done that, your on your own, it's no longer a pure linuxmint system.
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Re: Installation of additional sources by mintinstall

Postby hoppel on Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:40 pm

Hah, I knew it, it's about Linux philosophy :-)
Unfortunately I'm one of those people who like it the easy way if not necessarily impossible. As you already stated, it's my personal choice which software I want to use, and for me it doesn't matter much whether that is free or unfree software although I highly believe in the better quality of open source. But in this case it isn't even about that, there are also many free apps which aren't in the official repository, or at least not the newest versions. It's my personal risk if that makes my system unstable and new software is one thing that makes using computer fun for me, so I'm fine with it.

And about that evil thing: it's a really small change but really one of those who prevent Linux from being used by a bigger population. I'm trying to prepare Mint to be installed on my parents computer, so I already know the obstacles :-D
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Re: Installation of additional sources by mintinstall

Postby muskratmx on Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:19 pm

Go for it then, set up your own sources.list. That's what I do. Of course I still do the CL with apt-get, because I don't want to be EVIL. :lol: and point and click.
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