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[20080612] Voltalinux 2.1: Slackware + NetBSD's pkgsrc
Here's another one in the series of Linux distributions based on NetBSD's pkgsrc, quoting from the e-linux.it announcement: ``Matteo Garofano has announced the release of Voltalinux 2.1, a server-oriented distribution based on Slackware Linux and using NetBSD's pkgsrc package management system.

As expected, after the release of Slackware Linux 12.1, Voltalinux 2.1 (code name 'Livorno') is out. It benefits from the many new features in Slackware: HTTP and FTP install, new kernel, installation on LVM and RAID, etc. Also includes the benefits of the new features found in the NetBSD's pkgsrc port system, such as upgraded packages and a better management system. As usual, Voltalinux comes with more then 150 packages (compiled with the pkgsrc port system) intended for server use, including Postfix, Exim, Dovecot, ClamAV, Pure-FTPd, Bftpd, Squid, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Bind, MaraDNS, etc."''

For more information, see the Voltalinux 2.1 announcement and the Voltalinux homepage.

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[20080524] DracoPKG: an attempt at merging pkgtools and pkgsrc
According to the homepage, DracoPKg is ``a humble attempt at merging pkgtools and pkgsrc through a simple wrapper. Hiding the complexity through simple commands.'' In this, pkgsrc is NetBSD's packages collection/toolset, and pkgtools is the same from Slackware.

The system comes with a wrapper for running the various commands:

  • dp install foobar to install a package and its dependencies
  • dp options foobar to learn about the options that can be passed to the USE environment variable
  • dp upgrade foobar to upgrade na installed package by recompiling
  • dp replace foobar to replace a single package, without touching dependencies.
  • dp remove foobar deinstall a package and all its dependencies
  • dp info foobar to print information
  • ...
There are many more commands documented on the dracopkg homepage, go and have a look. Maybe this is the thing that gives pkgsrc the "product readiness" it's been lacking so far?

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