View Full Version : Proper way to install software not in yum

23rd May 2007, 09:34 PM
I am new to linux. If someone could help me with the philosophy of linux software installation, this would be helpful.

I know you are supposed to use YUM to install software, but what about Utorrent, it is not on the YUM list. In addition Utorrent needs additional binaries, found in SElinux.

How would I go about installing software not in yum, using yum and adding the installation properly.

Also, where are files stored on the file system? As in dev/hda1/WHERE?
It is driving me insane trying to understand where everything is on the system. Hard being a windows expert then starting over.

23rd May 2007, 09:44 PM
I use Azureus, and you can just unpack and run it.

As far as Utorrent goes I don't see any Linux packages apparently they expect you to use the Windows version through Wine. :rolleyes:

Personally I would say do a search with yum and pick a few till you find a native one that you like, they all do the same thing, some have more features, some less.

yum search *torrent*

If you have to have Utorrent then

yum install wine -y

download it and right click, it should say open with Wine Windows Emulator or something like that if it doesn't then run it from a terminal

wine <location of package>

And yes it is tough starting all over again, but as long as you're willing than you should be fine, give it time, boot back into Windows for a while if you get frustrated then come back to it later. In time it will seem so easy to you. ;)

Here's a couple of good sites they are not Fedora specific like but they are good for beginners :



23rd May 2007, 09:49 PM
Utorrent is a windows program


For bittorrent try

su -
yum -y install azureus

For finding files try using locate

locate filename-you-are-looking-for


locate xorg.conf

For multimedia try ( I know you didn't ask )


23rd May 2007, 09:52 PM
Wine is the first thing on the list at their site. Or am I seeing things ? :D

24th May 2007, 12:19 AM
if you can find them use .rpm's ;) there are even rpm search engines which will list the dependancies if you need them and mostly where to download them ;)

good luck and have fun!

24th May 2007, 01:31 AM
You can install packages (rpms) with `rpm -ivh` and they'll show up in Yum that you can then use to remove them. If you compile from source, you need to read from the program's documentation how to uninstall it, or alternatively you can build your own package from the source and use rpm to install it.

If you install 3rd party packages be careful that you are not installing same programs that are available in Yum.