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[News] Linux and OpenSolaris Package Managers Get More Sophisticated

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NixOS: A Distro Focused on Next-Generation Package Management

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| NixOS is not about to challenge Ubuntu or Fedora as a desktop distribution 
| any time soon. But, then, user-friendliness is not its point. Originally 
| developed by Eelco Dolstra as a doctoral project at Utrecht University, and 
| now developed by a small team at Delft University of Technology in the 
| Netherlands, NixOS is designed as a test of Nix, a new package manager 
| designed to overcome key problems with existing package managers. As a 
| result, what you think of NixOS is likely to depend largely on your interest 
| in package management.        


Sun Enhancements to OpenSolaris Take Aim at Linux

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| Sun Microsystems’ OpenSolaris 2008.11 includes improvements around software 
| package management and incorporating community packaging efforts. The updates 
| to the free Solaris-based OS shows that Sun will not follow IBM and HP in 
| letting Linux take over the platform space once dominated by Unix.   
| OpenSolaris 2008.11, the second major release of Sun Microsystems’ 
| freely-licensed, Solaris-based operating system, hit the Web late last year 
| packed with feature enhancements that illustrate that Sun isn't about to cede 
| the platform stage to Linux, as brothers-in-Unix such as IBM's AIX and 
| Hewlett-Packard’s  HP-UX have done.    



Package management

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| Those are some of the package managers out there. I hope you can see the
| differences between them after reading this. The early package managers were
| collections of simple install, remove and update routines. While APT was
| eventually developed to be very feature-rich, third-party package managers
| for Slackware Linux are mostly simple programs that add dependency resolution
| and one or two other features. RPM was an evolution of the package manager
| closer to a complete package management system. It added features like
| dependency checking, tracking, automatic installation and checksum
| verification.


Do we really need another packaging system?

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| The reality of the situation is that the differences between distros gives
| people a chance to innovate more with how a Linux system works. Trying to
| funnel everything down through some common layer at the bottom really reduces
| the chances for big innovation to happen.



Why Having 500+ Distros is a Good Thing

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| Perhaps next time the author might think about what they're
| saying...because limiting the number of distros out there is
| absolutely NOT the way to go to accomplish anything other
| than limiting innovation.

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