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November 5, 2003

Fresh Look at Solaris Package Management

I was recently pointed to the blastwave.org site as an alternative to sunfreeware.org. I assumed it would be just another place to get precompiled and build Solaris packages, not quite.

Blastwave brings a new take on managing Solaris packages. All packages are CSW (Community SoftWare) packages, and are managed with a Debian-like set of tools. A core set of contributors manage the package base and end-users subscribe to these packages. When installing the package is pulled from a mirror and installed, rather than having to maintain local copies of the packages. Using pkg-get to grab packages takes care of installing dependancies.

Blastwave provides details on each package with helpful information about required packages.

Wondering what risks might be associated with using a system like this.

Posted by mike at November 5, 2003 6:05 PM