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Hi, I am basically new to Linux.
I am testing a virtual dedicated server from MediaTemple, and am in need of upgrading to mySQL 5 and PHP 5.
MT's knowledge base doesn't feature any step-by-step process description.

I've been talking a bit with a_thing about this in #nuxified IRC channel. I find yum to be quite slow. Not only does it apparently update the package database every time it is ran (which even on slower broadband networks can annoyingly slow down the overall install process), but calculating dependancies takes a bit longer than I'd like.