We would like to publicly thank the FreeBSD Foundation for granting BaptisteÂ Daroussin and Julien Laffaye a travel grant to travel to BSDCan 2011 for theÂ Ports and Packages Working Group held at in Ottawa last week. Â The workingÂ group itself was a huge success and a number of improvements with regardÂ to automated binary package creation and distribution to ease upgradeÂ procedures for our users were discussed and will hopefully beÂ implemented over the next few months.
None of these improvements, however, would be possible without a longÂ overdue rewrite of the package tools provided by FreeBSD. Â Over last fewÂ years, a number of attempts were made to enhance the current tools, butÂ none have been as all-compassing as the PKGNG project by Baptiste andÂ Julien. Â The presentation given by Baptiste at the packages summit and summariszedÂ at the DevSummit track of BSDCan showed a comprehensive new toolÂ that can completely replace the current tools, and provide a clearÂ migration path from the old to the new tool. Â It also provides a largeÂ number of new features while keeping the old ones and is a lot more flexible to be able to add more features later. Â As you may have heard, Baptiste has alsoÂ joined the ports management team as a result of his efforts.
Thanks again to theÂ FoundationÂ for sponsoring Baptiste, Julien, SimonÂ Nielsen (Deputy Security Officer) and Thomas Abthorpe (Ports ManagementÂ Team) who all were instrumental into making the ports working groupÂ such a success.
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