Updates to Linux Software Repositories


Linux.dell.com hosts two different software repositories for our Linux customers. We have made some recent updates to these repositories; here is a quick rundown of the repositories and their features.

Hardware repository
This repository is located at http://linux.dell.com/repo/hardware.

Software available in the hardware repository:

This repository is divided up so that there is a separate repository for each Dell system model and each OS supported on each model. There is an automatic setup method available that will automatically configure your machine to talk to the correct repository. If you want to easily install OMSA, keep it up-to-date automatically when new versions are released, or make sure you have the latest drivers installed for your system, then this repository is for you.

All of the software contained in the hardware repository is official, supported Dell software. For support for problems with the repositories, though, please use the Linux-PowerEdge mailing list at lists.us.dell.com.

Setup instructions are available in the repository: http://linux.dell.com/repo/software

Software repository
This repository is located at http://linux.dell.com/repo/software.

Software available in the software repository:

1. Community supported open source utilities such as:

  • libsmbios, firmware-tools

  • 2. Dell supported open source utilities such as:

  • dkms

  • All of the software contained in the software repository is supported *only* via the Linux-PowerEdge mailing list at lists.us.dell.com. The software in this repository is community-support only, with no SLA or other guarantees about response.

    Setup instructions are available in the repository: http://linux.dell.com/repo/hardware

    Recent Changes
    Added support for SLES10 to both the hardware and software repositories

    Upcoming work
    We are working on a process by which customers will be able to contribute content to the software repository. This idea was discussed on the Linux-PowerEdge mailing list a few weeks ago with a good response. Look for further announcements on the Linux-PowerEdge mailing list.

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    6 thoughts on “Updates to Linux Software Repositories

    1. SpeedyGeo, Tuxi,

      It has always been my personal intention to eventually get an apt repo set up for the client software. This is a complex issue and will take some time to do.

      I have some people working on making a Debian/Ubuntu repository for the software repository containing the Dell open source components. The hardware repository, though, has several complications.

      First, the hardware repository only supports supported systems. So SpeedyGeo’s Inspiron 9300 wouldnt have any content in the repository as it is currently not a “supported” Ubuntu configuration.

      Second, in order to generate the repository, I have to have a source with all of the packages so that I can extract them usefully into a repository format. This source already exists today on the PowerEdge server side in the form of the Dell Server Assistant CD. This doenst currently exist in a format that I can use on the consumer system side.

      In order to create this functionality, I will have to work with IT and several other teams to get this done, and this is not an easy or short process.


    2. Free software (no license issues) should make this a Just Works TM thing.


      Way to go, Dell.


    3. Please provide an apt repository for those of us who are running Ubuntu.  Even though you are providing 32-bit OSs on 64-bit machines (like my E1505N with T7200), please provide 64-bit software.


    4. Phil,

          A couple points. First, I have updated the sites and removed all references to ‘unofficial’, as well as updated some of the explanatory text. I hope it is much clearer if you read it now.
          Second, as explained in the wiki, all of the software in the hardware repository is officially-supported Dell software. That means that you can call Dell tech support and they will help you. The repository itself, though, is community supported only. Note that the text used to read “Unofficial repository”, not “Unofficial software”. That means that if you have problems with the repository, you need to email the [email protected] mailing list. There is no SLA or guarantee on the repository.

           That being said, if this kind of statement about the repository is not in line with your individual needs, then use one of the other software distribution and update methods we provide, such as CD, web-download from support.dell.com, etc.

      To answer your other questions:

      1) We dont install OMSA out of the factory because we have had overwhelming response from our customers that they would rather do it themselves or not have it at all.

      2) You can ask specific questions on the linux-poweredge mailing list, search the linux-poweredge archives, or go to other web resources to find this information, as it is a FAQ and has been extensively discussed on the mailing lists. Most of our newer servers use IPMI, and as such, lmsensors will not work but openipmi will. (Not all server configurations have IPMI, some of the low-end boxes, in particular.)

      3) As an individual engineer, there isnt any way I can usefully comment on this question.

    5. Sorry, Guys. I’m really confused here – and a little bemused.

      Quoting from above:
      Hardware repository
      This repository is located at http://linux.dell.com/repo/hardware
      <… snip …>
      All of the software contained in the hardware repository is official, supported Dell software.

      However, when I click on that link, I get
      Unofficial Dell System-Specific Linux yum repository

      (ie. a page that declares an unsupported, use-at-your-own-risk, package)

      This REALLY does not look good. Especially when I am being requested to support a dell server without OMSA installed.


      1. Why, when you ship a business rack server with Red Hat Enterprise, do you not install OMSA on it automatically? (Instead, your client received a server with a desktop configuration up and running)
      2. Can we have some info on various hardware configuration? I haven’t had much time to investigate yet (so I’m not sure if I have missing kernel modules or a Dell hardware issue), but lm-sensors comes installed, yet finds absolutely nothing at all (which is a first – I usually get something…)
      3. Could we have more OSS software with a “We’ll give OFFICIAL support with this package IF you are running [insert Dell’s favourite Linux distro] …?

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