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    Default Installing third party RPM's in Leap

    Okay first major issue, I want to install google chrome plus a few other third party .rpms in Leap but seems like there is no way to do it anymore.
    Apper is gone, YAST cant open it, what kind of **** is this?
    Do we have to go back to the bad old days of making a rpm folder or use commandline?
    How do I install third party RPM's now?
    With magic?

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    Default Re: Installing third party RPM's in Leap

    Quote Originally Posted by MadmanRB View Post
    Apper is gone
    It is not. It's just not installed by default any more, as it is a KDE4 application and the update notifier doesn't work at all in Plasma5.
    It's still in the repos though, just install it.

    YAST cant open it
    It can.
    Run "kdesu yast2 sw_single name_of_rpm" or similar.

    There was another thread about this a while ago that even shows how to create an "Open With..." entry for that.

    Do we have to go back to the bad old days of making a rpm folder or use commandline?
    That's one option, yes.
    But you don't have to do it on the command line.
    You can also add a folder as repo in YaST->Software Repositories.

    Or just use "zypper in name_of_rpm" or "rpm -i name_of_rpm".

    For Chrome, Google does provide a repo though.

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    Default Re: Installing third party RPM's in Leap

    Well i did work it out sort of, unfortunately the rpm doesnt work right now.
    I will have to wait a bit before the RPM become compatible with openSUSE
    I will test if it works in fedora 23 as well and I may have to belay my comparison.
    Also I guess updates will be a complete mystery in openSUSE now?
    No notifications period?
    Looks like the move to KDE5 is a real **** idea right now as far as openSUSE is concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadmanRB View Post
    Also I guess updates will be a complete mystery in openSUSE now?
    You should have an update notifier in the system tray, plasma5-pk-updates (it might be hidden if there are no updates, click on the up arrow to see the hidden icons)

    No notifications period?
    You mean for updates?
    There is, you can choose to check daily, weekly, or monthly for updates in the updater's settings (right-click on the icon).

    Looks like the move to KDE5 is a real **** idea right now as far as openSUSE is concerned.
    Well, that's your opinion... Others like Kubuntu (and I think Fedora too) switched much earlier though.

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    Default Re: Installing third party RPM's in Leap

    Quote Originally Posted by MadmanRB View Post
    Also I guess updates will be a complete mystery in openSUSE now?
    Is openSUSE that unreliable for you that this is your guess? Why not guess it will be the same/as good as is used to be.
    No notifications period?
    Looks like the move to KDE5 is a real **** idea right now as far as openSUSE is concerned.
    Maybe things would be easier if you just asked. People could provide real info.
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    Default Re: Installing third party RPM's in Leap

    Many people use zypper to update and install these days. Am a bit old-fashiioned and prefer using yast. To install chrome I just downloaded the rpm from:

    https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

    Made a folder called 'my updates', added the rpm file to this and added the folder in yast as a local repo folder. Then just installed - again using yast - no problems at all.

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    Default Re: Installing third party RPM's in Leap

    if you do a search for chrome in this forum you'll find a way to add google's chrome URL as a repo and then you can install and update chrome with zypper or yast.
    import google's PGP key
    Code:
    sudo rpm --import https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub
    add google's repo and pull chrome
    Code:
    sudo zypper ar http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64 google-chrome
    sudo zypper in google-chrome-stable
    ps you can install rpm's from the command line with rpm or zypper
    rpm -i <path_to_rpm>
    zypper in<path_to_rpm>

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    Default Re: Installing third party RPM's in Leap

    Still should be able to do it via GUI, openSUSE after all is considered a intermediate distro

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadmanRB View Post
    Still should be able to do it via GUI, openSUSE after all is considered a intermediate distro
    if the rpm is properly signed and you have the public key you can, you can even do it with yast with unsigned rpm's.
    apper is still here, so are a few other packagekit front-ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    It is not. It's just not installed by default any more, as it is a KDE4 application and the update notifier doesn't work at all in Plasma5.
    It's still in the repos though, just install it.


    It can.
    Run "kdesu yast2 sw_single name_of_rpm" or similar.

    There was another thread about this a while ago that even shows how to create an "Open With..." entry for that.


    That's one option, yes.
    But you don't have to do it on the command line.
    You can also add a folder as repo in YaST->Software Repositories.

    Or just use "zypper in name_of_rpm" or "rpm -i name_of_rpm".

    For Chrome, Google does provide a repo though.
    The man's got a point. As much as I love to use the terminal, there should be a default graphical way to install RPMs.
    Things like this are the ones that scares non-technical/non-programmer users.

    Just my two cents.

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