Friday Jan 22, 2010

Update Center Toolkit 2.3 Update 1 Release

The Update Center project team is pleased to announce the release of version 2.3 Update 1 of the toolkit.  Highlights of key issues addressed in this release include:

  • Desktop Notifier
    • Always uses the latest available version of the toolkit when multiple images are present.
    • Continues to check for updates even when invalid images and repository access errors are encountered.
  • Compatibility
    • Update Tool GUI and Desktop Notifier are better prepared to handle incompatible images emerging with version 2.4 of the toolkit.
  • Java Bootstrap
    • No longer causes out of date catalog cache requiring "pkg refresh" as a workaround.
    • No longer overwrites existing publisher UUIDs.
    • Initialization property optin.usage.reporting has been retired.
  • pkg(5) Java API
    • Enables setting publisher UUID even when no UUID exists in the publisher configuration.
    • Automatically sets publisher UUID when not already set.
  • Other
    • makeimage developer tool works properly with file URLs on Mac OS X.
    • Various localization gaps addressed.

Developers can obtain the release on the download page and review the detailed list of changes in the release notes.

Wednesday Dec 16, 2009

Updating Production Systems Using pkg(5)

As people get exposed to the notion of using the Image Packaging System to deliver their layered applications, they often ask us about the extent to which the pkg(5) system can be used to update production systems.  The following FAQ entry doesn't delve into a great amount of detail, but it attempts to explain the overall role of pkg(5) in this context and how the orchestration of inventorying and applying updates to large numbers of production systems is typically addressed by enterprise system management (ESM) tools - many of which integrate with underlying packaging systems.

FAQ: How can I use pkg(5) to update production systems?

Thursday Jul 09, 2009

Update Center Toolkit 2.3 Build 32 Available

The UC2 development team is pleased to announce the availability of build 32 of the Update Center Toolkit. This is the second development build for the 2.3 release that is targeted for delivery later this year.  This build resolves 21 issues beyond the previous build.  

With this build, the software update interface is now embedded into the notifier process so that when one clicks on the update notification balloon, the software update UI comes up immediately with the information about what images have updates already available. When run this way, the software update UI suppressed the available add-ons section of the UI if there are not add-ons available.

This build also includes some features and bug fixes for the package publishing tools.  For example, the makepkgs tool now supports the ability to set the default user, group and mode for files and directories.  See the issue list for more details.

This is the first development build that includes all of the changes from the 2.2 Update 1 release.



Wednesday May 20, 2009

Update Center Toolkit 2.2 Build 29 Available

The UC2 development team is pleased to announce the availability of build 29 of the Update Center Toolkit. This is intended to be the final build for the 2.2 release.  It will go through a final quality assurance cycle, and assuming that no stopper issues are found, this build will become the 2.2 release. This build resolves 33 issues beyond the previous build.   

The initial release notes for the 2.2 release are now available as are updated screenshots of the graphical user interfaces. 
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