Ananova lists an extensive collection of distribution complaint software repositories available for download and later updated & enhanced. It contains the latest information about different distributions and their websites. The Linux desktop software manager and updater handles the packages downloads and latest updates automatically. During installation, the software installer configured to access the distribution repository.

Linux Distributions Repositories Provide

  • Professional-level, stable Linux systems
  • KDE and GNOME GUI interface
  • Flexible and easy-to-use system configuration tools
  • Internet Servers
  • Multimedia applications
  • Administration services
  • Programming packages
  • Linux Desktop Applications like Office suites
  • Install Guides

Distribution Repositories List

  • Detailed Listing and description of most distributions distrowatch.com
  • Debian Buster repo debian.org
  • Fedora fedoraproject.org
  • OpenSUSE opensuse.com
  • RedHat redhat.com
  • Ubuntu ubuntu.com
  • Gentoo gentoo.org
  • CentOS centos.org
  • MEPIS mepis.org
  • Slackware slackware.org
  • Turbolinux turbolinux.com

Although the repositories contain almost all applications, some popular apps are not included, because of licensing & other restrictions. They are provided on associated software sites or available as free versions in most distributions.

  • For example, multimedia support for popular formats like DVD, DivX, and MP3, whose support downloaded through a free licensed MP3 generator plugin from fluendo.com.
  • Nvidia or ATI drivers support not available on Linux distributions and found at associated distribution sites.

Third-party repository

For the software not available in the distribution repository, look at a third-party repository. The sites like sourceforge.net, rpmfind.net, gnomefiles.org, and kde-apps.org list the tables of different sites for Linux software such as commercial and game software. The third-party source software included in the form of compressed archives or software packages like RPM & DEB.

  • RPM packages archived using Red Hat Package Manager, have a ‘.rpm.' extension, downloaded directly as source version or compiled and installed easily with the click of a button using a distribution manager on a desktop.
    $sudo dnf repolist
    
    To see disabled (not used) repositories
    
    $ sudo dnf repolist all
    
    Enabling a repository
    
    dnf config-manager --set-enabled [repository_url]
    
    Add repositories
    
    dnf config-manager --add-repo http://www.ananova.com/arklinux.repo
  • DEB uses .deb extension
    $ grep ^[^#] /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*
  • Compressed archives have extension as ‘.tar.tz' or ‘tar.Z'

Intel’s Clear Linux a desktop and server operating system optimized for computers with Intel & AMD processors gain better support for third-party, proprietary software like Google’s Chrome web browser or Valve’s Steam game client, Spotify)

Git repository: Virtual storage of projects that allows saving code versions can be accessed when needed.

Drawbacks of third-party repository

  • Most lack documentation and testing
  • Anyone can make the third-party repository