"Software distribution under UNIX/Linux can be a challenge,
especially if you ship software for more than one operating system.
Every operating system provides its own software packaging tools
and each has unique requirements or implications for the software
"The ESP Package Manager ("EPM") is one solution to this
problem. Besides its own "portable" distribution format, EPM also
supports the generation of several vendor-specific formats. This
allows you to build software distribution files for almost any
UNIX/Linux operating system from the same sources."
"The first version of EPM was released in 1999 and supported
so-called "portable" software distributions that were not tied to
any particular operating system or packaging software. Due to
popular demand, we added support for specific packaging formats in
the second major release of EPM, allowing the generation of
portable or "native" distributions from one program."
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