Per Yum's website
(http://linux.duke.edu/projects/yum/) "Yum is an automatic updater and
package installer/remover for rpm systems. It automatically computes
dependencies and figures out what things should occur to install
packages. It makes it easier to maintain groups of machines without
having to manually update each one using rpm."
The key features include: Multiple Repositories A Simple configuration file Correct dependency calculation Fast operation rpm-consistent behavior A Simple user interface
You can use yum via the command line to install any application that is
on Wiredtree's Yum Repository. To search for a package you would simply
issue this command as root.
yum search package
Once you have found the package you want to install you will need to run the following command.
yum install package
This will install the package and any package dependencies. You can
also remove packages with the yum command, however be very careful with
this since you do not want to remove key system packages from your