pkg(5): Talking in the redwoods, talking on the beach, ...

Danek and I are at the 2007 OpenSolaris Developer Summit at UC Santa Cruz, talking about and, I hope, later demonstrating the image packaging prototype so far. I gave a brief overview of the project's goals and status, and mentioning some of the unmentionables we've encountered—some particularly undisciplined configuration files, some apparently important but encumbered drivers, and so on.

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Although I will probably be retired (1 year,
8 months and change from now) by the time
a Solaris sys admin will be able to type

# apt-get update; apt-get upgrade

to patch a system, it is good to know that there
are people in Sun who know that, to user Mr.
Hahn's words, "Software updates on S10 [are]
complex (when not disastrous".

Good luck to you and your team.

By the way, I've been in the business since
1975 and a SunOS and Solaris sysadmin since
1993. When I switched first to RedHat with
rpm and then, finally, to Ubuntu/Debian with apt-get,
I thought that I had died and gone to sys
admin heaven.

I still administer a Sun cluster. The attempt
to get Sun Update Connection running the way
it was advertised (i.e., the cluster head
node as an update connection proxy for the
other cluster nodes) finally was given up as
undoable and we settled for a standalone
update connection client on the cluster head
node. That a sensible (e.g., something on the
order of Debian's apt-get or Gentoo's emerge)
update system isn't delivered with Solaris is
terrible.

Posted by Tony Kocurko on October 17, 2007 at 02:20 AM PDT #

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