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    The OpenPKG project releases version 2.3 of the
    unique cross-platform software packaging facility. — Munich, DE — February 24, 2005 — The
  OpenPKG project is proud to announce version 2.3 of its OpenPKG
  software, another evolutionary step after a series of seven
  predecessors within four 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.


  Since the previous release four months ago, the OpenPKG package
  repository has grown again by 15%. A subset of 545 packages were
  carefully selected for inclusion into the OpenPKG 2.3 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.

  The major technical efforts for this release were spent on the porting
  of all packages to the now officially supported Unix platform Sun
  Solaris 10 on both Intel and SPARC architectures.

  OpenPKG 2.3 is available for 21 different Unix platforms. Most
  notably, it is supported on FreeBSD 4.11 and 5.3, Debian GNU/Linux
  3.0, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, Fedora Core 3, SuSE Linux 9.2 and
  SuSE Enterprise Linux 9, and Sun Solaris 8, 9 and 10. Additionally,
  all CORE and the vast majority of BASE class packages are already
  available for the tentative platforms NetBSD 2.0, FreeBSD 6.0, Debian
  GNU/Linux 3.1, Gentoo Linux 1.6.9, Mandrake Linux 10.1, HP HP-UX 11.11
  and MacOS X 10.3.


  * Portable across major Unix flavors.
  * Available for the supported platforms:
    FreeBSD 4.11/5.3, Debian Linux 3.0, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3,
    Fedora Core 3, SuSE Linux 9.2, SuSE Enterprise Linux 9 and
    Solaris 8, 9 and 10.
  * Already available for the tentative platforms:
    FreeBSD 6.0, NetBSD 2.0, Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, Gentoo Linux 1.6.9,
    Mandrake Linux 10.1, HP HP-UX 11.11 and MacOS X 10.3.
  * 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 24-Feb-2005.
  * Sources of 545 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.


  The OpenPKG project was founded in 2000 by Ralf S. Engelschall. 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 (OSSP uuid, OSSP mm, OSSP ex,
  OSSP sa, OSSP shiela, etc), 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.


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