Software Sources

The software repository viewer allows you to enable or disable software sources - also known as “repositories”. Repositories are collections of software that are known to work together and are compatible with your operating system. Apart from the repositories for the operating system itself, there are third-party repositories offering additional software for many Linux distributions - check your distribution-specific documentation for more information.

Figure 3Software Sources UI

At this time, PackageKit does not offer a way to add new repositories to your system. It only allows you to enable or disable known repositories. However, it is often possible to make a new repository known to PackageKit by installing a package with the necessary information. These are usually called (foo)-release, where foo is the name of the repository.