Add-On Repositories on openSUSE 10.2
Updated 20 March 2007
Over the past several years, many Linux distributions including openSUSE have moved from a model of including closed source along with open source software to a model that includes open source software exclusively. To a lesser extent there has also been a movement towards excluding open source software that is perceived to have legal encumbrances with the most notable example being the removal of MP3 support from Fedora Core and openSUSE. Of course, many users will require at least some proprietary software or will at least find it serves their needs better than similar open source offerings and will have reasons (such as cost) not to adopt commercial distributions. Fortunately, openSUSE is capable of installing software from additional software repositories which can mitigate the lack of software included with the distribution by default.
Two of these repositories are the most important:
The non-oss repository is associated with the openSUSE project and includes commercial software such as the Java platform, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and proprietary firmware such as for the Intel Pro/Wireless 2200 BG/2915 ABG wireless card.
This repository includes various software packages for openSUSE such as editions of open source software that include MP3 support.
Configuring Additional Repositories
To begin, open YaST (click on the chameleon (start), point to applications (at the bottom), click on system, click on YaST.)
At this point, you will need to select the type of add-on media you intend to use. To install the non-oss repository, a CD image can be downloaded and burned from one of the openSUSE mirrors or installed via ftp or http from one of the mirrors without the need to burn data to a CD.
At this point (if you are using ftp or http), it is necessary to specify the domain name of the server as well as the location where the non-oss repository is located on the server. The directory does vary somewhat among the various mirrors so it may be necessary to check the "Addon-NonOSS-Installation Repository" link for a particular mirror.
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