Monday Dec 08, 2008

Marriage of Convenience: IzPack Initial Install + pkg(5)

What do you get when you marry an easy-to-use, but powerful initial install application framework with the add-on and update management capabilities of the Image Packaging System?

Julien Ponge, one of the main developers of IzPack, a cross-platform open source installation framework, has successfully integrated a pre-release distribution of GlassFish V3 Prelude with IzPack.  This would be news in and of itself, but what is really cool is that since V3 is now packaged using the Image Packaging System technology (aka pkg(5) in techie terms), Julien has demonstrated an end-to-end install management solution for layered applications. The IzPack-based installer handles initial installation and overall removal of the application while the use of pkg(5) enables ongoing update and add-on management of the installation.

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