Nux Dextop: A Desktop And Multimedia Oriented RPM Repository

About Nux Dextop

Nux Dextop is a RPM repository specially made for installing popular desktop and multimedia related packages such as VLC, Flash player, Shutter etc., in RHEL, CentOS, and Scientific Linux distributions. It is currently available for RHEL/CentOS/Scientific Linux 6 and 7 versions. This repository is made to coexist with EPEL Repository. And more importantly, Nux Dextop repository may or may not be up to date. Use it at your own risk.

Install Nux Dextop

On RHEL/CentOS/Scientific Linux 6:

First, install EPEL repository as described in the following link.

Then, install Nux Dextop repository using command:

rpm -Uvh

Add the Nux-Dextop GPG key using command:

rpm --import

Then, update the repository list using command:

yum repolist

On RHEL/CentOS/Scientific Linux 7:

Install EPEL repository using command:

yum install epel-release

Now, add the Nux Dextop repository and it’s GPG key using the following commands:

rpm -Uvh
rpm --import

Update repository lists using command:

yum repolist

Sample output:

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base:
 * epel:
 * extras:
 * nux-dextop:
 * rpmforge:
 * updates:
repo id                                                           repo name                                                                                       status
base/7/x86_64                                                     CentOS-7 - Base                                                                                 8,465
epel/x86_64                                                       Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 7 - x86_64                                                  7,195
extras/7/x86_64                                                   CentOS-7 - Extras                                                                                 104
nux-dextop/x86_64                                                 Nux.Ro RPMs for general desktop use                                                             1,889
rpmforge                                                          RHEL 7 - - dag                                                                       245
updates/7/x86_64                                                  CentOS-7 - Updates                                                                              1,725
repolist: 19,623

That’s it. Now, you can install the multimedia packages of your choice.


yum install shutter vlc smplayer HandBrake-gui

Since Nux Dextop is ‘noarch’ type, you can use it for both 32bit and 64bit distributions.

Known issues with RepoForge and other Repositories

It will probably conflict badly with Repoforge/RPMforge and ATrpms and possibly other repos.In such cases, disable the Nux Dextop as and use it whenever you want.

To disable Nux Dextop, edit /etc/yum.repos.d/nux-dextop.repo file,

vi /etc/yum.repos.d/nux-dextop.repo

Disable it as shown below.

name=Nux.Ro RPMs for general desktop use

Save and close file.

Update repository lists:

yum replolist

Now, install multimedia packages by enabling it temporarily as shown below.


yum --enablerepo=nux-dextop install HandBrake-gui

That’s it.