ipkg vs. opkg

Mike (mwester) mwester at dls.net
Thu Jul 31 07:22:14 CEST 2008

Werner Almesberger wrote:
> Lorn Potter wrote:
>> ipkg is pretty much dead. No one maintains or wants to use it.
>> Long live opkg!
> Hmm, so you're saying that distributions that used ipkg have already
> died or petrified ?

That would come as a huge surprise to the nslu2-linux community, as all
optware and SlugOS packages remain ipkgs, and the current releases of
Unslung and SlugOS continue to use ipkg.

We plan to switch to opkg for an upcoming release, assuming I can make
it as small as ipkg (with a grand total of 8 MBytes of flash for the
bootloader, kernel, and rootfs, we scrabble about for even a few
KBytes).  Certainly the signed packages (a feature of opkg) won't be
used; we just don't have the room.

So I think that it's a bit premature to say that ipkg is completely dead
yet. :)

Mike (mwester)

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