Wikipedia describes it as "The Image Packaging System, also known as IPS or pkg(5), is a cross-platform package management system created by the OpenSolaris community in coordination with Sun Microsystems. It is used by OpenSolaris and a growing number of layered applications, including GlassFish, across a variety of OS platforms.
Multi-platform ports for layered applications:
Broad platform support: Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, OpenSolaris, Solaris and IBM AIX
Cross-platform update notification and package management Graphical user interfaces."
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