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Re: a great alternative
> However, for those who want extra
> functionality, add three lines to
> /etc/yum.conf to include the
> "addons" repository and you'll
> get some newer things (that are still
> good & stable, but not included with
build5 includes a fully configured yum installed by default, with the addons repository already there.
and thanks ... Crippler