EasySW.com: Software Distribution Using the ESP Package ManagerDec 11, 2000, 18:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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 development environment."
"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."