FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 24-Feb-2005
The OpenPKG project releases version 2.3 of the
unique cross-platform software packaging facility.
http://www.openpkg.org/ — 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.
NEW IN VERSION 2.3
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.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OPENPKG
* 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.
HISTORY OF THE OPENPKG PROJECT
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.
The OpenPKG Project