1.    01 Mar 2016 #1

    CENTOS 7 VM - GUI package manager

    Hi there

    If any of you are installing some LINUX distros as VM's I recommend if you decide on CENTOS 7 to install YUMEX - a graphical package manager.

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    Add the nux-dextop repo to your repositories -- this is a Windows Forum so I won't get into the mechanics of this here --google for it if you are stuck. This will give you all the multi-media stuff such as VLC etc.

    Makes installing software on CENTOS 7 like a breeze - does all the checking for requisites and other dependencies.

    (Wish Windows had an equivalent).

    Add of course the EPEL one as well.

    Don't forget also to add package ntfs-3g to read and write Windows file systems. (Fat 32 is already installed by default but if you want to access external Windows / NTFS USB HDD's for example formatted with NTFS).

    Have fun

    IMO CENTOS 7 is the most stable Linux package available for home users -- based 100% on RED HAT SERVER which is used hugely in the commercial world. CENTOS is now 100% supported by RED HAT and 100% comapatible with RED HAT Enterprise server (so won't always have the latest and greatest stuff - but 100% STABLE).

    Use KDE or GNOME if you want a "Windows like interface" but also works headless with CLI too. Great for a NAS server. PLEX runs great on it.

    The only drawback is if you run it Native - WIFI is "Iffy" -- INTEL USB WIFI adapters work as does the small Netgear (Aka Belkin 300N micro adapter) which might be sufficient - otherwise difficult to find WIFI adapters that work with it --- ASUS ac56 says it works - compiles OK but actually doesn't work !!! - but it's a SERVER so use LAN. !!!

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  2.    01 Mar 2016 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Wish Windows had an equivalent.
    Windows has. Not a graphical user interface but other than that, a very practical and easy to use package management system OneGet. I just reinstalled build 14271 tonight, installed all my software silently on the background with one command, without a need to click a "Next" or "Continue" or "Would you like to install this software, too?" button once. One command, hit Enter and go get coffee while all your software installs.

    An example, a silent install on the background without any whatsoever PUPs, clicks or selections, to install a bunch of software with one command using PowerShell OneGet in Windows 10:

    Install-Package VLC, GoogleChrome, Opera, Firefox, 7zip, Notepadplusplus, Skype, SkypeForBusiness, Office365Business, AdobeReader, Adobe-Creative-Cloud, Paint.net, Malwarebytes, Teamviewer, Steam, Rufus -Force

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