New Site for Update Center and pkg(5) Layered Distros

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:

http://ipshowto.org

This 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.

We're 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

Although 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. 

Hosting of the Site

We chose to host the content on http://wikis.sun.com for a variety of reasons. First, we wanted to use a full featured, easy to access wiki service to deliver and maintain the content.  Second, we wanted to carve out our own space that is dedicated to a specific topic and community: multi-platform use of pkg(5).  Neither of these requirements were easily met by reusing one of the popular development-oriented open source project hosting sites.
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