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What am I exactly doing by following instructions here?

Why just

yum install chromium

not work without doing this?

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The repositories are so you can update Chrome. The official Fedora repositories don't have Google Chrome, so Google provides a repository.

You don't have to do the command line install of the repos; you can do this instead:
http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?platform=linux&hl=en

Just select the RPM and by installing that RPM it gives you the repository, and if I recall correctly it installs the latest version of Chrome as well in one shot.

Edit: Oh, and I just noticed this from the page I linked to:
Note: Installing Google Chrome will add the Google repository so your system will automatically keep Google Chrome up to date. If you don't want Google's repository, do "sudo touch /etc/default/google-chrome" before installing the package.

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The official Fedora repositories don't have Google Chrome... Why is that? – Lazer Feb 27 '10 at 5:44
    
The debian repos don't either, but the Fedora repos MIGHT have chromium-browser, which is the base of chrome and works just about the same. EDIT: Just checked, they don't. – Rob Dec 12 '11 at 19:21

Fedora is very picky about what goes into the official repos, their reasons are outlined. Google Chrome is a proprietary product and bundles other proprietary software such as Adobe Flash plugin.

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