New Site for Update Center and pkg(5) Layered Distros
By ckamps on Oct 01, 2008
In addition to preparing the binaries of the first production quality release of the pkg(5) multi-platform toolkit, the Update Center 2 development team has been getting the developer-oriented documentation in state where it's easier for people to access. A culmination of this effort is a new developer-oriented web site:
site is oriented toward those projects and developers that are a)
interested in learning more about how the pkg(5) system can help them
add value to their multi-platform software distributions and b)
actually taking advantage of the toolkit.
Although developers delivering pkg(5) format packages for OpenSolaris might also find useful information on this site, the site recommends that they check out OpenSolaris.org first.
Why a New Dedicated Site?
Previously, our Update Center 2 development project published all of its toolkit documentation via the development project's wiki on java.net. That approach was awkward because content associated with the development of the toolkit was intermingled with content geared toward users of the toolkit. We decided the best way to address this issue was to establish a dedicated site for users of the toolkit.
also asked about why we didn't depend on the pkg(5) content hosted on
OpenSolaris.org. The short answer is that we wanted provide pkg(5)
information in the multi-platform context rather than require users to
sort through which pkg(5) information on OpenSolaris.org applies to
them vs making packages available specifically for OpenSolaris.
Developers vs End Users
end users may find the information on this site to be useful, we
encourage binary distribution providers that embed pkg(5) technology to
provide end user-oriented pkg(5) documentation. Part of our
development project's mission is to provide such documentation modules
as part of the toolkit.