The Image Packaging System (IPS)
n spite of the long-recognized high quality of the Solaris operating system itself, the processes of installing software and patching both applications and the kernel have long been a source of difficulty and complaints. Dealing with Solaris patch dependencies, backing out of upgrades, and other software maintenance tasks were time consuming and error prone. Not any more. Three foundation technologies in Oracle Solaris 11—Service Management Facility (SMF), ZFS, and Image Packaging System (IPS) —now all ...