Welcome New OpenPKG Year 2008! The same procedure as last year? The same procedure as _every_ year!
Following our good tradition, the turn of the year is the prominent point in time where we adjust the official OpenPKG world order to the current organizational and technological circumstances. Please let us take the opportunity to inform you about the current adjustments: 1. OpenPKG is finally logically, technically and organizationally split into the OpenPKG Framework and the pool of OpenPKG Packages and now logically focuses on so-called OpenPKG Stacks -- distributions which are based on the OpenPKG Framework and a set of OpenPKG Packages. The old OpenPKG-CURRENT distribution is know considered just be the generic and most prominent distribution for building OpenPKG Stacks. 2. The OpenPKG Project remains the well-established central coordination and resource sharing point and will continue to provide the central OpenPKG download resources, including the OpenPKG Framework, the OpenPKG Packages and the OpenPKG Stacks. Additionally, the OpenPKG Project will soon migrate to a new simplified infrastructure in order to be less confusing and complicated for new users. Some URLs will change. Separate announcements will follow. 3. The exclusive rights to use all OpenPKG Packages was assigned by contract from Ralf S. Engelschall to the OpenPKG Foundation e.V. The OpenPKG Foundation e.V. from now on is the official provider of the OpenPKG Packages, which technically includes all previously existing OpenPKG packages, except those which are now part of the OpenPKG Framework. The OpenPKG Foundation e.V. will continue to deliver the OpenPKG Packages under the previous OpenPKG license which grants mostly unlimited permission to use, copy, modify and distribute it. 4. The exclusive rights to use the whole OpenPKG Framework was assigned by contract from Ralf S. Engelschall to the OpenPKG GmbH. The OpenPKG GmbH from now on is the official provider of the OpenPKG Framework, which technically includes the OpenPKG "bootstrap", the OpenPKG tool chain, the OpenPKG registry, etc. The OpenPKG GmbH will deliver the OpenPKG Framework under licenses which grant limited permission to use, copy, modify and distribute it. 5. Based on the result of the comprehensive contributions of the OpenPKG GmbH to the RPM5.org project in 2007, the OpenPKG Framework will soon be available in a completely revamped RPM 5.0 based version. This will be the greatest technological upgrade in the 7 years of existence of OpenPKG. The upgrade will require some manual intervention by the OpenPKG instance administrator, but a reasonably smooth upgrade path from the current RPM 4 based OpenPKG-CURRENT will be provided, of course. Once this new RPM 5 based OpenPKG Framework is available the OpenPKG Packages will be upgraded to take advantage of its new features, too. Separate announcements will follow. The OpenPKG organizations think that this way also in 2008 OpenPKG will be able to continue delivering you the best cross-platform multiple-instance Unix software packaging solution you can get on the market for driving your business. Yours, OpenPKG.com OpenPKG Corporation OpenPKG GmbH OpenPKG.net OpenPKG Foundation OpenPKG Foundation e.V. OpenPKG.org OpenPKG Project Ralf S. Engelschall ______________________________________________________________________ OpenPKG http://openpkg.org Announcement List firstname.lastname@example.org