OpenPKG 1.0 released

Posted 11 Jan 2002 at 12:05 UTC by rse Share This

Now released as Open Source: OpenPKG, the world of cross-platform RPM-based Unix software packaging.

A flexible and powerful software packaging facility, OpenPKG eases installation and administration of Unix software across several platforms. It primarily targets the Unix platforms FreeBSD, Linux and Solaris, but is portable across mostly all modern Unix flavors. Consolidating different vendor approaches into a unified architecture, it assists in administration of large networks previously complicated by nonconformant systems.

OpenPKG leverages proven technologies like Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) and neatly provides an additional system layer on top of the operating system. It is a fully self-contained with minimal external dependencies (no RPM pre-installation required), and installs itself by means of a tricky bootstrapping procedure with minimal operating system intrusion. OpenPKG especially supports multiple installation instances on the same system.

OpenPKG was created in November 2000 and after over one year of development it is already a mature technology in production use. It is available as Open Source and is further maintained by both Ralf S. Engelschall's development team at Cable & Wireless Germany and their contributors.

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interesting but, posted 11 Jan 2002 at 12:53 UTC by dannu » (Journeyer)

Interesting but it isn't this freshmeat news? Maybe (the poster is "master") i miss something?

Wha?, posted 11 Jan 2002 at 17:08 UTC by jwb » (Journeyer)

Mr. Engelschall has a history of promoting his own software, so perhaps we can excuse him for this abuse of front-page posting priviledges.

But, I don't think it is a very good announcement. I don't see anything here that makes me want to switch over to OpenPKG. The name implies that there must be some package system which is somehow closed, but I don't know what that might be. OpenPKG uses RedHat packages, so what makes it better than RPM? For that matter, what makes it better than dpkg? Better than dpkg+apt? Where is the competitive comparison. All I see is a lot of ra-ra.

A short clarification, posted 11 Jan 2002 at 20:58 UTC by rse » (Master)

Sorry if the character of the announcement was to general. Let me clarify a few things about OpenPKG. It does not try to compete with other packaging systems, because it works beside and on-top of them. OpenPKG is for those of you who are in a similar situation than we at Cable & Wireless: administrating hundrets of servers, all with different operating systems. That is, OpenPKG is for people with lots of machines and lots of different ones.

Additionally OpenPKG is intended for multiple use on a single machine, i.e., it supports multiple installation instances (which no other system provides AFAIK). For example, you can use OpenPKG to host 20 projects on a single server and give every(!) project its own (and this way 100% independent) Apache and Postfix installation.

So do not treat OpenPKG as just another RPM-based distribution. It is not intended to be such a thing. It is a sub-system for multiple use on an arbitrary underlying Unix system. And such a cross-platform technology could be of great interest to many of you -- at least if your situation is similar to ours.

I posted this announcement to Advogato because it is related to the recent "Write Cross-Platform Software" story.

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