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Does Mint need more additional repos?

Postby maduranga » Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:16 pm

I'm using Cassandra and it seems most restricted packages are installed by the default. And also codecs, totem-xine,mplayer, nVidia drivers and etc. I have used ubuntu before and, after an installation it requires to edit the sources list to add repos for most packages i need wich are installed by default in Mint. Now my question is, do i need to edit sources list of Mint also? I have added the Medibuntu repos for in ubuntu to get most of multimedia packages. though these packages are installed by the default, still do i need to edit and add repos? if i want, what repos should i add? if i don't want, will latest updates of packages that installed on my pc be available automatically?


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Postby 67GTA » Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:13 pm

You shouldn't have to add any repos. That can screw up your system with mixed files and different package versions. Mint should have everything you need in the repos or installed by default. That was part of the reason for Linux Mint. On the downside, if you install a package from an outside source such as a downloaded deb or rpm, it will not be updated since it is not in the repos. You will have to update them manually by installing the latest version as they become available from their developers.

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Postby sanguinemoon » Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:37 am

I agree with 67GTA. I cringe a bit when I see new users being told to just add a whole bunch of third party repos they know nothing about. In Mint, I see no reason too.

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Postby linuxviolin » Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:43 pm

You should not add others repositories. That can be really dangerous. There are certain Ubuntu users who have an impressive number of repositories, it is incredible and irresponsible (sorry but it's true). And they are astonished when problems arrive... :twisted:

In Mint you have all repositories necessary. You must be very attentive at repositories that you add, be really sure about the sources and add the least possible.

I do not say that you must absolutely nothing add but again add the least possible and only if it is absolutely necessary and that it is a source of confidence. :roll:
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