Press Release


    OpenPKG Foundation e.V. established to support OpenPKG, the unique
    cross-platform multi-instance Unix software packaging solution. -- Munich, DE --
  2005-06-21 -- After five months of efforts, the Open Source
  software project OpenPKG is proud to announce the establishment
  of the OpenPKG Foundation e.V., a nonprofit organization providing
  the ideational, financial, material and manned support of OpenPKG.

   "We have done so much for so long with so little.
    We are now qualified to do anything with nothing."
                          -- adapted from Larry Wall


  For years OpenPKG has been the undisputed world leading instrument
  for deployment and maintenance of Open Source Unix software when
  administration crosses platform boundaries. The unique OpenPKG
  architecture leverages proven technologies like Red Hat Package
  Manager (RPM) and OSSP and GNU components to establish a unified
  software administration environment, independent of the underlying
  Unix operating system. As of June 2005, OpenPKG consists of over
  86000 lines of polished package specifications, resulting in
  over 880 freely available individual Unix software packages.


  The Open Source software project OpenPKG was founded in 2000 by
  Ralf S. Engelschall and first released to the public in January
  2002. Today OpenPKG is a mature technology in production use. It is
  maintained and improved by its original developers and volunteer
  contributors. The project expects to receive valuable contributions
  and support from the community behind the OpenPKG Foundation e.V. in
  order to maintain leadership and expand to a larger audience. The
  equipment to run the project is sponsored by Ralf S. Engelschall and
  Thomas Lotterer and hosting is sponsored by SpaceNet since late 2004.


  The OpenPKG Foundation e.V. is a nonprofit organization with the
  dedicated goal of supporting the OpenPKG project. The idea to organize
  the social network of OpenPKG was born by Ralf S. Engelschall and
  Thomas Lotterer in January 2005. A month later, on 2005-02-09,
  the nine founders Herbert Schmid, Manuel Hendel, Peter Kajinski,
  Richard Maier, Thomas Lotterer, Ralf S. Engelschall, Torsten Homeyer,
  Christoph Schug and Michael Schloh von Bennewitz kicked off the
  Foundation. Official registration under German law was completed
  on 2005-03-18. Today the OpenPKG Foundation e.V. counts seventeen
  members and is open for more to join. Hosting of the Foundation's
  equipment is also sponsored by SpaceNet since late 2004.


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