FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 20-Oct-2004
The OpenPKG project releases version 2.2 of the
unique cross-platform software packaging facility.
http://www.openpkg.org/ — Munich, DE — October 20, 2004 — The
OpenPKG project is proud to announce version 2.2 of its OpenPKG
software, another evolutionary step after a series of six
predecessors within three years.
Much valued by IT decision makers and beloved by Unix system
administrators, OpenPKG is the world leading instrument for deployment
and maintenance of Open Source Unix software when administration
crosses platform boundaries. The unique OpenPKG architecture leverages
proven technologies like Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) and OSSP
and GNU components to establish a unified software administration
environment, independent of the underlying Unix operating system.
NEW IN VERSION 2.2
OpenPKG 2.2 is available for 18 different Unix flavors. Most notably,
it is supported on FreeBSD 4.10 and 5.3, Debian GNU/Linux 3.0, Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 3, Fedora Core 2, SuSE Linux 9.1, and Sun Solaris
8 and 9. Additionally, all CORE and the vast majority of BASE class
packages are already available for the tentative platforms NetBSD
1.6.2, Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, Gentoo Linux 1.5.3, Mandrake Linux 10.0,
Sun Solaris 10 and HP HP-UX 11.11. Packages are even still available
for the obsoleted platforms SuSE Linux 9.0 and Sun Solaris 2.6.
Since the previous release four months ago, the OpenPKG package
repository has grown by 10%. A subset of 528 packages were carefully
selected for inclusion into the OpenPKG 2.2 release, including the
latest versions of popular Open Source Unix software like Apache,
Bash, BIND, GCC, INN, Mozilla, MySQL, OpenSSH, Perl, Postfix,
PostgreSQL, Samba, Squid, teTeX and Vim.
Focusing on portability and isolation, OpenPKG 2.2 places greater
emphasis on reducing underlying Unix system requirements. Effort was
expended to offer a smooth upgrade path from the previous release,
which should reassure administrators of high availability systems.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OPENPKG
* Portable across major Unix flavors.
* Available for the supported platforms:
FreeBSD 4.10/5.3, Debian Linux 3.0, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3,
Fedora Core 2, SuSE Linux 9.1 and Solaris 8 and 9.
* Already available for the tentative platforms:
NetBSD 1.6.2, Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, Gentoo Linux 1.5.3,
Mandrake Linux 10.0, Sun Solaris 10 and HP HP-UX 11.11.
* Still available for the obsoleted platforms:
SuSE Linux 9.0, and Sun Solaris 2.6.
* Entirely based on Open Source software technology.
* Minimum operating system intrusion and dependency.
* Minimum overhead in software packaging.
* All packages up to date with vendor versions as of 12-Oct-2004.
* Sources of 528 CORE+BASE+PLUS packages released.
* Binaries of CORE+BASE class packages provided for supported platforms.
* Binaries of CORE class packages provided for all platforms.
* Easy installation, updating and deinstallation of packages.
* Bundled with useful and secure package preconfigurations.
* Includes an abstracted and powerful run-command facility.
* Virtual hosting through multiple instances on a single system.
* Proxy packages for reusing packages across instances.
* Build-time package variations for maximum flexibility.
* Foundation to build encapsulated and self-contained environments.
HISTORY OF THE OPENPKG PROJECT
The OpenPKG project was founded in 2000 by Ralf S. Engelschall and
the sponsor Cable & Wireless. It was first released as Open Source
software in January 2002. Today OpenPKG is a mature technology in
production use, and is maintained and improved by its original
developers and volunteer contributors.
Ralf S. Engelschall is the principal author of numerous other popular
Open Source Software technologies as well. His accomplishments include
releases of OSSP components, Apache SSL/TLS Engine (mod_ssl), Apache
URL Rewriting Engine (mod_rewrite), GNU Portable Threads (Pth), GNU
Portable Shell Tool (Shtool), Website META Language (WML) and more.
The OpenPKG Project