What am I exactly doing by following instructions here?

Why just

yum install chromium

not work without doing this?


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:

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.

  • 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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