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OCA Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Exam Guide (Exam 1Z0-821) by Michael Ernest

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Understanding the Image Packaging System (IPS)

In this chapter, you’ll learn to use a new type of software management tool called the Image Packaging System (IPS). IPS replaces a decades-long utility known to many as System V Release 4 (SVR4) packaging, a software management scheme once held as a standard among several major UNIX vendors, including Sun Microsystem, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM. At one time, the SVR4 standard was a boon to anyone who had to manage packaging on two or more of these platforms in the course of a day’s work. These days, it isn’t just the motivation for uniform platform software that has waned. The zeal for better tools has inspired lots of innovating. There are today as many popular software installation tools as there ...

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