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    Default Adding repositories during installation

    Hi, someone linked me to this install guide for openSUSE.

    In the fifth picture down we see what repositories to select.

    This screenshot is what my questions are about:

    1: Are these the recommended repositories to select?
    2: Why are the repositories selected? And why are the unselected ones left unselected?
    3: What exactly is happening when one "adds a repository"?
    4: Why can't I just select them all? What would happen if I did?

    Thanks

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    Default AW: Adding repositories during installation

    Quote Originally Posted by Astralogic View Post
    Hi, someone linked me to this install guide for openSUSE.

    In the fifth picture down we see what repositories to select.

    This screenshot is what my questions are about:

    1: Are these the recommended repositories to select?
    2: Why are the repositories selected? And why are the unselected ones left unselected?

    Thanks
    Forget about that picture.
    The two selected repos are added automatically (they contain all software included in openSUSE), and the rest you won't need as normal user. Those contain debug packages you need when trying to fix a bug, and the source code of all packages.

    You should also have the update and update-non-oss repo, but this is added automatically as well.

    One repo you might want to add in any case though (at least if you want to play multimedia files) is Packman. See here f.e.:
    http://opensuse-guide.org/codecs.php

    There are many many other repos available for adding, but you should be careful for that.
    If you need a certain software not included in openSUSE, try http://software.opensuse.org/. But be careful to only install packages intended for your openSUSE version.
    If in doubt, better ask here first.

    3: What exactly is happening when one "adds a repository"?
    You can install the software contained in that repo with YaST or zypper.


    4: Why can't I just select them all? What would happen if I did?
    YaST/zypper needs to refresh the list of packages in the repos all the time, so it will take longer to start the more repos you have.
    Also there might be conflicts/problems if you add incompatible repos.

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