There is an update to this post, for the most recent be sure to check here.
I notice that occasionally the RPMs I mentioned in this post do indeed get downloaded. I’ve been adding the odd package as and when I need it and I haven’t been able to find a RPM. Also I’ve built some of those original RPMS for new distributions or architectures (x86_64 typically), so I thought maybe I ought to write an updated post.
In the filenames, el5 is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (Centos), fc7 is Fedora Core 7 and if the letters are missing it will work with rl5!